By Emily Drooby
Hope filled the eyes of Micki Mahowald and her daughter Petra Mahowald as they arrived to Washington D.C. from Ohama, Nebraska for the March for Life.
“In this culture today, everything is so messed up that we really need a lot of people to stand up and be here and show that it’s important,” Micki said. “God is important, that life is important.”
It’s a hope shared by pro-life supporters of all ages. On Jan. 23 over 100,000 will march, calling for an end to abortion.
“I feel like it’s really important because people need to know that young people care,” explained Petra.
They’ll be joined by President Donald Trump, who will be the first president in U.S. history to attend the event.
In both 2018 and 2019, he addressed the March for Life in a video message. Those ready to march in Washington have been thankful for his support.
“God bless him!” said MaryJane Wysocki, a parishioner of Saint Francis of Assisi Church. “Finally, we have someone in place who truly recognizes the importance of this issue and has taken wonderful steps to save lives.”
In 2019, 58 anti-abortion laws were passed in the United States. 25 of them banned the procedure to some extent.
Pro-lifers are now hoping to continue this streak in 2020, and the Supreme Court already has one abortion case on its docket.
“It gives hope for this movement moving forward and just the fact that every year more and more people become aware of this,” said Jackie Minton, who came from Nashville, Tennessee to attend the march.