This was Norwalk's own version of the 46th annual March For Life event, which was held in Washington on Jan. 18 where tens of thousands of people from all across the country gathered to hear numerous political and religious leaders talk about the need to protect the unborn child.
Marches like those in Washington and here in Norwalk are a direct response to many peoples' grievances with the outcome of the landmark Supreme Court case of Jan. 22, 1973,. Commonly known as Roe vs. Wade, it gave women the right to have an abortion under any circumstances as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In recent years, however, the battle over whether to criminalize abortion has grown increasingly fierce as proponents and opponents of Roe vs. Wade and abortion stand firm in their beliefs about the issue.
Master of ceremonies for the Norwalk event was John Hug, president of the local Right To Life Society, who said the association's primary goal is to help keep abortion awareness alive in the general public's minds.
The invocation followed and was given by the Rev. Andrew Wellman. Special guest speaker Diana Smith, of Heartbeat Pregnancy Center of Sandusky, said the non-profit organization is a social service agency that provides pregnancy tests, clothing for children up to 4 years of age, counseling and other services with no government funding or support.
Once the participants marched silently from St. Paul to the courthouse, the Pledge of Allegiance was read and the participants sang “God Bless America.” Following this was a special prayer for the unborn.
Back at the convocation center, participants were treated to delicious cookies and hot chocolate provided by the Knights of Columbus' 4th Degree. The benediction was then given by Msgr. Kenneth Morman, officially ending the ceremony.
Attending this event were numerous young students from St Paul High School and other area schools who were eager to talk about their pro-life views.
Jesse Meyer attended the March For Life event in Washington with her two sons Sam, 17, and A.J., 13, and her 16-year-old nephew Myron Stoll. She said the march “was very emotional because of all the young people involved.”
It was the first visit to Washington for Sam, A.J. and Myron. When asked what motivated A.J. to attend the March, he said it was “to be a voice for the unborn.”