By Marla Helseth, Writing Consultant, Minnesota Family Council
What better thing to do during blizzard conditions than to gather inside a beautiful, historic building to stand for life! That’s what hundreds of Minnesotans did last Monday at the Capitol Building in St. Paul to participate in Minnesota’s annual March For Life on January 22nd!
Every year on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) holds a march and rally at the Minnesota Capitol Building. Due to the raging blizzard this year, the event was moved inside the Capitol building. It was wonderful to see so many people brave the storm and come to support the cause of the unborn! I was impressed by how many parents came bringing their small children! I take this as a sign that, after decades of speaking out, there continues to exist a strong will to fight for the issues surrounding the life and rights of the unborn.
Each speaker at the event had encouraging words for the crowd and I noticed one theme: perseverance.
Senator Paul Gazelka reminded those gathered that 45 years have passed since the Roe v. Wade decision and noted that real change may be on the horizon.
Perhaps change significant enough to overturn Roe v. Wade? It may sound impossible, but who knows what can be accomplished when like-minded people persevere?
Congressman Jason Lewis said, “Much has been accomplished…but there is still much work to be done.”
“Minnesota is a pro-life state. We must be the voice for vulnerable lives…” said Speaker of the House, Representative Kurt Daudt.
Acting Lieutenant Governor and Senate President, Michelle Fischbach, made it clear she will continue to work to make Minnesota “safer for unborn children.”
Along with a message of perseverance, it was announced that a bill will be introduced this session requiring women who have chosen abortion to be shown their ultrasound. Currently abortion clinics refrain from showing the mother the ultrasound at all. Minnesota Family Council will join MCCL in working with legislators to pass this important piece of pro-life legislation!
Overall it was an exhilarating event! It was wonderful to see so many people who care deeply about life in the womb. One speaker’s words summarized the day’s rally especially well, “we will not quit and we will not be silent.”
Minnesotans made it clear -amidst blizzard conditions- that they will not quit or be silenced when it comes to prayer and advocacy for the unborn!