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‘Every life matters’ is resounding message of attendees at Chicago march

Marian Catholic student Chantelle Belcher attended the March for Life Chicago on 13th January to support women who may be considering aborting their child.

“People who do have abortions go through hard times,” the teen said. “Sometimes they have abortions because they can’t support the child, but I want to motivate people to not have abortions. There are other options like adoption or giving the child to a family member. You don’t always have to abort.”

Belcher was one of several thousand people from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri who turned out for the annual march in downtown Chicago that began following a rally in Federal Plaza and proceeded around downtown. It is held annually before the national March for Life in Washington, which this year is 18th January.

The national March for Life has been held annually since 1974 near the 22nd January anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalised abortions in 1973.

Marian student Serena Johnson also attended the march with the group from the school.

“I wanted to come to support everyone and to support the fact that life isn’t one of those things you can debate about. It’s one of those things where there’s one answer and it’s pro-life,” Johnson said.

Picture: A woman carries a sign during the annual March for Life Chicago on 13th January. Thousands of people from the Chicago Archdiocese and from across the US braved freezing temperatures during the event. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic).