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St. Joe's marchers pray for end to abortion

MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It was an emotional, landmark decision forty years ago this week from the U.S. Supreme Court that has split the country ever since.

The court's controversial Roe vs. Wade ruling legalized abortion.

Opponents are still trying to overturn the decision.

That's why every year St. Joseph's Catholic Parish in Maumee holds a Right to Life March.

It's open to anyone who believes in the sanctity of life and concern for the unborn.

This is all about the power of prayer.

Marchers pray supporters of keeping abortion legal need to recognize life is precious and that life starts at conception.

"If you look at the statistics last year in the United States, there were less. So that gives us some hope," said Rev. Keith Stripe of St. Joseph.

After prayers, there is a solemn one mile march to St. Joseph Cemetery.

Flowers were carried, each representing 50,000 abortion victims.

It's a chilly day but folks want their message heard.

"I think it's important for women to stand up and be heard," said Lynn Mackley.

"We stand up for the little ones that don't have a voice to speak for themselves," added Bettye Smith.

At the cemetery, prayers are said at the Tomb of the Unborn.

Shannon Kincer says she was forced to have an abortion by her family 30 years ago.

"I did not want to do it. I tried really hard not to do it. Abortion kills a child. You never get over murdering your child," said Ms. Kincer.

The marchers end the vigil by placing their flowers on the tomb.

Until Roe vs. Wade is overturned, they'll return here every year.

"To bring other people to realize what's going on. The atrocities that are happening," said Mark Lapinski.

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