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March for Life takes place Saturday

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 8:11 am

The 40th annual March for Life takes place Saturday through downtown, according to a news release from ichooselife.org.

The rally begins at noon at University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center at 431 W. Berry St., with the March for Life following. The march ends at the E. Ross Adair Federal Building at 1300 S. Harrison St., with post-abortion testimonies from the Silent No More Awareness campaign. All events are expected to conclude by 2 p.m.

The march route includes Ewing, Webster, Wayne and Calhoun streets and Douglas Avenue.

The 40th annual March for Life marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973. More than an estimated 55 million unborn children have been victims of abortion since the Supreme Court decision, including more than 30,000 children in Allen County.

The rally's keynote speaker is Angela Minter, executive director of Sisters For Life, a Kentucky-based, non-profit dedicated to defending the sanctity of life at every stage from conception to mature adulthood. Other participants include Cathie Humbarger, event organizer and executive director of Allen County Right to Life; and representatives from "Silent No More," the awareness campaign for men and women with an abortion in their past.