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a small sample of the Topeka March for Life crowd

The perennial sub-freezing weather has never deterred huge crowds for the annual March for Life, either in Washington D.C. or Topeka. For a story on Friday’s D. C. March, estimated to have engaged 600,000 pro-lifers, see here.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22– the actual date of the infamous U.S. Supreme Court Roe v Wade ruling– approximately 2,500 citizens, young and old–mostly young–attended the annual Kansans for Life Rally for Life in Topeka.  The day included educational workshops, religious services, and a rally at the Capitol steps to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ruling legalizing abortion.

Pro-life Governor Sam Brownback joined 1,800 Catholic young people for Mass, ate lunch with them and those who attended the Protestant service, and then marched with them all to the south steps of the state Capitol building. Among noted “Marchers” were Catholic Bishop Michael Jaekels of Wichita and Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas.

Gov. Brownback addressed attendees about the joy found in serving others and the joy of being pro-life. He asked the marchers if they were ever going to quit fighting for life, to which they responded with a resounding NO!

Kansans for Life Development Director, David Gittrich, announced each of the  40 legislators on the steps who slipped out of committee meetings to greet the crowd and receive their applause. (This year an estimated 110 out of 145 Kansas legislators are pro-life!)

KFL Executive Director, Mary Kay Culp, told the audience,  “The cover of the new Time Magazine says that our opponents won a big victory 40 years ago with Roe v. Wade, then says ‘They’ve Been Losing Ever Since.’ Pro-life organizations, pro-life churches, pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, pro-life schools—all represented here today are a major reason they are losing and we are winning, and we thank you!

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At the national March for Life last weekend, perennial favorite speaker,  co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus,  Chris Smith, slammed the federal abortion agenda and the scientific community’s conspiracy on abortion harms.

“Abortion hurts women, physically, psychologically, and the data strongly suggests that it even mal-affects children subsequently born to women who abort,” he continued, saying at least 102 studies have yielded such findings… and at least 113 studies show a dramatic association between abortion and preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies – 36 percent after one abortion, a staggering 93 percent after two.”

However, Kansas’ health department doesn’t believe (more…)

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The annual Jan. 22 March for Life in Washington D.C. is fast approaching.  For information about the bus trip from Kansas go here.

The sign seen more and more often at the Rally is the  “I regret my abortion” sign, originated by the Silent No More Awareness campaign.   This year, Silent No More is offering a FREE sign, reversible with 2 messages as in photo, for pro-lifers who may not have had an abortion but want the truth spread about the pain and regret of so many who did.  Get yours here.

These signs can be a powerful witness outside abortion clinics, and at a variety of other pro-life gatherings, including the KFL state Rally for Life in Topeka on Friday, Jan.22. Activities on that day will run from 9am – 3pm.  We will march downtown at 11 am, starting outside the Topeka Performing Arts Center at 8th & Quincy, and head to the State Supreme Court, just south of the Capitol for the 1130am-1230pm Rally.  Rally info here, see you there!

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