ERIE, Pa. — Hundreds walked downtown in the Erie March for Life on Saturday morning.
The event was held a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who describes himself as “pro-life.” The theme, A Great Nation Values Every Life, was inspired by statements made by Trump.
People for Life organized the event, which featured music and guest speakers.
The mood for many was celebratory.
“We’re here to celebrate life, primarily,” said Tim Broderick, executive director of People for Life. “It’s the March for Life and love, compassion, brotherhood, and we’re celebrating our nation, too.”
Students from the Mercyhurst University’s Lakers for Life and the Gannon University Students for Life led the march.
Demonstrators made their way from Perry Square to the intersection of West 10th and Sassafras streets before returning to the park.
Cambridge Springs resident, Kitty Armagost, is pro-life and has been attending People for Life events for years. She says children are “actually a treasure, a gift from God, and they are separate from a woman’s body.”
The march marks the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The 1973 Supreme Court decision ruled that state bans on abortion were unconstitutional.
More than 200 people will travel with People for Life for the 44th annual Bus Trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2017.