Chicago's March for Life Drew a Record Crowd
News Staff : Jan 16, 2018
TC Public Relations Press Release
Below freezing temperatures didn't stop thousands from showing up in force to defend life.
(Chicago, IL)—[TC Public Relations] "The deadliest thing in the world is indifference," proclaimed former Planned Parenthood director Ramona Trevino to the crowd of an estimated 6,000+ participants in Sunday's 2018 March for Life Chicago. Indifferent was not a word to describe the largest pro-life gathering in the Midwest as enthusiastic people of all ages filled the Loop Sunday afternoon in below-freezing weather to decry abortion. (Photo: March for Life-Chicago/via Christian Headlines)
Trevino, the author of, "Redeemed by Grace," was the keynote speaker among a dozen luminaries including Chicago's Archbishop, U.S. Congressmen, Illinois legislators and a Chicago Bears owner.
March for Life Chicago Board of Directors President Dawn Fitzpatrick was pleased at the record turnout for the peaceful march to support life and call for an end to abortion. "This March for Life Chicago drew people of all ages, from across the Midwest," she said. "Some come singing, chanting and dancing. Some come quietly praying. They are from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common, they know that love save lives and that abortion is one of our culture's gravest ills." Fitzpatrick added, "This March for Life for Chicago bears witness to the fact that killing a child in the womb is never an acceptable solution to any problem. We call upon religious, civic and community leaders to renew every effort to build a nation and culture dedicated to protecting life at every stage and eliminating the violence of abortion."
The pre-march rally at Federal Plaza, emceed by Relevant Radio talk show host Sheila Liaugminas, kept participants engaged before the walk through the downtown area. Following the March for Life Chicago banner, the bright yellow-clad Crusaders for Life youth organization led the massive sign-waving group, with a drum corps and singing, under a cloud of yellow balloons imprinted in large black letters spelling out L-I-F-E. Music was provided by the Carmel High School Marching Band from Mundelein, Illinois.
Bears' co-owner Pat McCaskey warmed up the crowd with a poetic ode to his "March for Life friends." The well-known sports figure has been a regular attender over the event's history.
This is the 13th year for the regional event patterned after the national March for Life that has been taking place in Washington, DC, since 1974. The universal theme for this year's marches was "Love Saves Lives."
"It is love that brings us here today," proclaimed Trevino, "It is love that reaches out to a woman in crisis that says I'm here for you, to help you." She added that love is what is needed to counter the indifference that, "makes it possible for Planned Parenthood to perform over 300,000 abortions a year and for politicians to fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of half a billion dollars of our money."
The elected officials on hand were clearly in favor of defunding the abortion giant. The crowd heard encouragement from Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives, who focused on the large numbers of young adults and teenagers participating, acknowledging youth as the future of the movement. US Congressman Peter Roskam spoke of the legacy of Statesman Henry Hyde, whose strong faith motivated the long standing federal protections against abortion provided by the Hyde Amendment. US Congressman Dan Lipinski pointed out that, "Being pro-life is being pro-woman," something extremely relevant to current the movement to wipe out sexual harassment and assault. State Senator Dan McConchie was also in attendance.
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