Hoping for a tomorrow without abortion. That’s what brought pro-lifers to downtown Knoxville Sunday.
The local March For Life comes just days after that new law in New York turned up the temperature on our country’s abortion debate.
More than a thousand people came together Sunday to listen, pray and march.
“We are just marching for a couple of different reasons. To just remember the sanctity of life, to mourn the children that we’ve lost through the years of abortion being legal, but to give us hope of a tomorrow that does not have abortion,” said event spokesperson Monica Irvine.
The annual March For Life in Knoxville kicked off inside the Convention Center with a prayer service and speakers taking the stage before attendees went outside, showing support for what they believe in.
“I believe that God calls us to be here for a purpose, and so we are here. And every life matters,” said Shannon Henderson.
“It’s the one time a year where it’s a really visible sign of everyone pro-life and marching for life,” said Ariel Doody.
This march falls near the anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision that led to legalized abortion in our country.
But another piece of legislation also heavy on the hearts of attendees was New York’s recent decision to allow late-term abortions up to or after 24 weeks, if the mother’s life is at risk or if the fetus is nonviable.
“I believe in life and I believe in giving everyone the chance at life no matter how small or impossible it may seem,” said Abbey Eady.
“We want to make sure that we’re not silent,” Irvine said. “We march for babies who can’t march, we’re a voice for babies who don’t have a voice. So it’s really important that we’re here for them today,” Irvine said.
The Planned Parenthood national president issued a statement on the national March For Life. You can read it here.