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Published On: Wed, Jan 16th, 2019

2019 March for Life Chicago Breaks Attendance Record

Calls for action, bi-partisan unity, and compassion came from the podium at the Sunday, January 13, March For Life Chicago 2019. The downtown rally drew over 8,000 thousand pro-life advocates to the city’s Federal Plaza, topping all previous attendance. With statements including, “Make babies great again,” “Love them both,” and “Save the baby humans,” colorful signs declared the participants’ mission: Celebrate the uniqueness of each human life from conception forward and call for an end to abortion.

U.S Congressmen from Illinois, Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) and Darin LaHood (R-Peoria), took the stage together, urging the crowd to continue advocating for life. “There is nothing more important than protecting life,” declared Lipinski. “Science shows us life begins at conception. We’ll keep working and fighting until there are no more abortions,” he promised.

LaHood stressed the importance of anti-abortion legislation, noting, “Every single day that we’re in Washington DC, we look to do everything we can to stand up for life and the unborn.”

Chicago Archbishop, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich applauded the event’s theme, Unique From Day One. “It is so appropriate. Not only believers, but scientists, tell us that if we want to have a sense of awe and wonder in our world, all we need to do is to look at the little lives being knit together daily in their mothers’ wombs.”

“When a child’s life is taken, we are all touched by that loss,” Cupich continued. “We are all robbed of the distinctive interests, the skills, the talents these little ones might have been able to contribute in a myriad of ways to our families, communities and the world.”

Chicago Bears Vice President Pat McCaskey inspired the chilled participants with a pro-life poem.

Jeanne Mancini, President of the national March for Life, which takes place each January in Washington, DC, got full support from the crowd when she stated that abortion has been legal in America for 46 years too long, since Roe v. Wade took effect in 1973.

Emmy-award winning creative director Ryan Bomberger, an adopted child of rape, urged attendees to face the issue with love and compassion. He announced, “Every single life has worth…wanted, unwanted, able, differently-abled.” Bomberger asked for the support of women, to help them be strong and courageous, and overcome difficult situations. He reminded those present that each person there had the blessing of not being aborted.

Reyna, a young woman who gave her baby life with help from Aid for Women, a Chicago area pregnancy help center, and Katie, a college student leader with weDignify, who became pro-life after learning that life begins at conception, shared their stories with the audience.

Kevin Grillot, Vice President of the March for Life Chicago, guided the rally, which was opened in prayer by Right Reverend Paul, Orthodox Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest.

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