Hundreds 'Walk for LIFE' in downtown Amarillo
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:07:46 GMT —
An estimated one million women in America will have an abortion in 2014 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the number has decreased since the early 90s, members of Respect Life Ministries Diocese of Amarillo say the number is still too high.
Respect Life Ministries organized a 'Walk for LIFE' event at Saint Mary's Cathedral. After the 10 a.m. mass crowds walked down 15th Street to Taylor Street and prayed.
Stephanie Frausto, director of Respect Life Ministries said, "Texas is a big contributor to that number and we have to do something about it. I wish other organizations would get involved."
Group organizers said the walk is more about celebrating life than it is about anti-abortion.
Gwen Johns said, "Today's event is to celebrate life, and to stand for life and truth."
According to CDC abortions in Texas represent nearly seven percent of all abortions in the U.S.
"I had an abortion at 17 and I've regretted it my whole life," Johns said.
Johns said 'Walk for LIFE' isn't only for Catholics and women, it's a walk that concerns everyone.
"Even when you think it has nothing to do with you, well guess again it does because I see my children and the gifts they provide others daily, and I think what if I had decided not to have them, I'd be taking away from them helping others."