FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – On Saturday afternoon , thousands of people from across Allen County and Northeast Indiana gathered at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center for a rally for the 40th annual March for Life. Organizers said the march started the year after the controversial Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, passed in 1973 which legalized abortion.
Right to Life leaders said more than an estimated 55 million unborn babies have been aborted since the Supreme Court decision, including more than 30,000 children in Allen County.
“This isn’t a celebration because it is a very sad day when we have to remember the literally approaching 60 million babies that have died across the country since the Roe versus Wade decision, said Cathie Humbarger, the Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life.
People marched from the Performing Arts Center, through Ewing, Webster, Wayne and Calhoun streets and ended outside of the E. Ross Adair Federal Building.
People of all ages and backgrounds showed up for the march, including many women who had gotten abortions.
“As a woman who has made that choice and gone through the pain of losing a child knowing that you were the master of that death that you are supported by those who have not experienced that,” said Elwanda Foisy, who participated in the march.
There were no visible protestors at the march Saturday; however, representatives from Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky released a statement in response to the march.
“Abortion is safe and legal, and polls consistently show a majority of Americans believe it should continue to be so. At Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, we are committed to the need for continued access to safe and legal abortion if and when a woman needs to consider it,” said Tammy Lieber, the Director of Marketing and Communications at Planned Parenthood.
Right to Life organizers said so far in 2014 there have been no abortions in Fort Wayne and Allen County.