(CNSNews.com) — On April 3, an estimated 6,500 pro-life advocates marched in a peaceful protest outside the Virginia capital building in Richmond to “end abortion in Virginia,” as National March for Life President Jeanne Mancini described the event. It was the first Virginia March for Life.
The march was organized as a joint-effort among the National March for Life, The Family Foundation, Virginia Catholic Conference, and the Virginia Society for Human Life.
Part of the reason behind the march was to counter the extreme positions of Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and other legislators who tried, earlier this year, to introduce legislation that would allow abortion at the moment of birth.
As Jeanne Mancini told the crowd, “even most pro-choice Americans will admit that aborting a seven-pound baby just because it’s not yet been born is wrong.”
Besides Mancini, other speakers included Melissa Ohden, a survivor of a saline abortion; Ryan Bomberger, founder of the the Radiance Foundation; Felicia Pricenor, associate director of the Virginia Catholic Conference; and Olivia Gans turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life.
See video here.
Although there was a pro-abortion counter-protest, estimates varied on the size of the pro-life and pro-abortion marchers. Reporter Karnia Bolster with NBC 12 tweeted that “roughly 6,500 people attended inaugural ‘March for Life’ rally.”