Diocese represented at annual March for Life in St. Paul

St. Paul - Bishop John LeVoir and hundreds of pilgrims from the Diocese of New Ulm were part of the several thousand people who descended on the grounds of the state Capitol on Sunday, Jan. 22 to protest abortion and urge lawmakers to protect unborn children.

The 44th annual MCCL (Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life) March for Life marked the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that have resulted in the deaths of more than 625,000 unborn Minnesota children (Minnesota Department of Health), and more than 59 million unborn babies nationwide.

During the brief program on the steps of the Capitol, MCCL Treasurer Cathy Blaeser announced MCCL’s 2017 legislative agenda which is: ban taxpayer funded abortions; defund Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortionist; require licensing and inspection of abortion facilities; and end abortions at the point when the unborn child is able to feel pain, which experts estimate conservatively at 20 weeks of development.

Legislative leaders in attendance addressed the large crowd and pledged their support for pro-life efforts. “Your pro-life majority in the Minnesota Senate will work with MCCL to bring about the day when abortion is unthinkable in Minnesota, and mothers and their babies are protected,” said Senate President Michelle Fischbach.

Speaker of the Minnesota House Kurt Daudt stated, “With your prayers and your work, I am confident that this year we can end taxpayer funding of abortion, we can defund Planned Parenthood, and we can provide the most basic protections for women by making sure that abortion clinics are licensed and inspected.”

“We must remain strong and we must never, never give up the fight for life,” declared House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin. “We must be unyielding, unwavering and unafraid to continue our work to end abortion.”

Minnesota’s pro-life Members of Congress Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer, and Collin Peterson sent written greetings to the March.

Click here for photos of the day.