Posted on Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
| Updated on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.
ELKHART — More than 200 pro-life advocates gathered at the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart this weekend to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
The Elkhart County Rally and March for Life on Saturday featured keynote speaker Peter Heck, a public speaker and radio show host of “The Peter Heck Show.” Heck is known for his commentary on Christian, political and social issues. He told the crowd at the theater that they should not fear using their Christian beliefs as a backdrop for opposing abortion.
“Listen, I believe that abortion is wrong because I believe life is created by God,” he said. “Our most cherished liberties and our most cherished rights come from that authority.”
U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who serves Indiana’s 2nd District, also made a brief appearance, expressing her support for the pro-life movement.
The 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court case decision was on the minds of many of the people who attended Saturday’s event, including Cindy Robertson. Robertson, a volunteer for Elkhart County Right to Life and Holy Innocents Pro-Life Action Group, said she feels inspired by God to stand up for women and their unborn children.
“Every year that we go forward with this practice, whether it’s legal or not, is a tragedy, so of course I would like to see it end now,” Robertson said. “Having it legal does not make it right. There are 56 million lives that have been lost in the United States alone. I wish it would have been stopped at year one. We can’t put a value on life. It is priceless.”
At the end of the rally organized by Elkhart County Right to Life, Kris Meidinger was among a group that marched to the Women’s Care Center on Marion Street. Meidinger said God led her about five years ago to join Silent No More Awareness, a national campaign that encourages people to speak out about their experiences with abortion.
“We’re women and men who have had abortions somewhere in our past, and we know the truth of what abortion brings,” Meidinger said. “Obviously, it’s devastating for the child, but I think what a lot of society doesn’t understand is what it brings to the people who have been through it, emotionally and physically. We want people to know that this is what God wants us to do.”