BILLINGS — Wednesday marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.
Yellowstone Valley Christians for Life held its 13th annual March For Life on Sunday, in support of the pro-life side.
After some singing and prayer, a group of about 150 left St. Patrick Co-Cathedral and headed to the Yellowstone County Courthouse Lawn.
“We ask for your protection on children in the womb,” Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings prayed.
After a prayer, the speakers talked about what they saw as pro-life successes.
“Overall the pro-life has had many wins,” said Rayna Laakso of Young Americans for Freedom at Rocky Mountain College. “For one, we’re still talking about abortion. We have not gone away or given up.”
“I believe to the very core of my being that America is beginning to wake up and that Roe v. Wade will eventually be overturned and the insanity that is abortion will finally come to an end,” said Jeff Laszloffy, president of the Montana Family Foundation.
“Remember there are two really involved very intimately,” said Sen. Al Olszewski, R-Kalispell. “If we want to save the child in the womb, the pre-born, we need to support the mom.”
They had some ideas about the discussion.
“We have science on our side,” Laakso said. “We stand for women to truly be valued and not told that they need to kill their child to get ahead in the world.”
“Among the victims of abortion, was there another Jonas Salk?” Laszloffy asked. “Was there another Louis Pasteur? Or Clara Barton? Was there another Neil Armstrong or Claude Monet? Or Ann Sullivan? Or Martin Luther King?”
“Let’s go back to the Bible,” Olszewski said. “The first crisis pregnancy in the Bible is in Genesis.”
And they talked about the future of the debate.
“How should we define sexual propriety?” Laakso asked. “What is the meaning and importance of family? What state is our community in to take care of these women who are considering abortion?”
“I believe we are beginning to see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel,” Laszloffy said.
“Without hope, there is no life,” Olszewski said.
The National March for Life was on Friday in Washington D.C.
In Montana, a march was held in Helena on Saturday and in Bozeman on Sunday.
The Supreme Court gave its Roe v. Wade ruling on Jan. 22, 1973.