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Thousands of pro-life activists marched in two major U.S. cities, Denver and Chicago, on Saturday calling for an end to abortion. The marches are part of a nation-wide effort to build awareness around the more than 700,000 abortion procedures carried out each year that result in the deaths of unborn children, along with calls for state legislatures to enact policies that protect human life.

In the “Mile High City,” approximately 8,000 people gathered for the Celebrate Life rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol. This year, the speakers and attendees calls for the state legislature to pass Initiative 120, which would ban late-term abortions in Colorado, defined as abortions occurring after 22 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for the life of the mother.

The supporters of the initiative must turn in 124,632 valid signatures by March 4 to qualify for the November ballot.

‘We respect life, and we respect it for all the pregnancy’

Among the speakers at the rally was Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver, who told the crowd about his time working in a hospital as a college student where he saw fetuses after abortions had been performed. Aquila said the experience changed his life.

“It is tragic and I remember being stunned,” he said, according to Colorado Public Radio. “Only persons whose consciousnesses are dead, who have no conscience, can participate in such things.”

Archbishop Aquila told the attendees about a particular abortion procedure that still impacted him even decades later. “I can still remember the horror on the young woman’s face when she saw the broken body come out of her.”

Referring to Initiative 120, the Catholic archbishop assured attendees of the rally that it does not amount to an endorsement of abortion during earlier stages of a pregnancy.

“But we also desire to protect, even in increments, the gift of given life. We are not voting for abortion, nor are we saying we agree with abortion up to 22 weeks. What we are saying, is that we respect life, and we respect it for all the pregnancy,” Aquila said.

“We hope in November 2020 you and the citizens of Colorado will have the chance to protect unborn children, mothers, and fathers,” he added.

Colorado became the first state to allow abortion in limited instances in 1967. According to CPR, the state does not have any restrictions on when women can have abortions. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life research group, in 2018 there were 323 abortions that occurred in Colorado at 21 weeks or later in a pregnancy.

The attendees carried signs that read, “Civil rights begin in the womb” and “I am the pro-life generation.” Others held 6-foot-high images of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Aquila also noted that despite the persecution faced by opponents of abortion, the pro-life movement has to persevere.

“No matter what culture of death we live in, no matter what words of hate are spoken to us, no matter what persecution we experience…have the courage to proclaim the dignity of life from the moment of conception until natural death,” he said to applause, Colorado Politics reported.

The rally was organized largely by Respect Life Denver.

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4 Comments
  • carol says:

    Why was this not on the news?

  • Evangeline says:

    Good for them. Abortion is murder in the most torturous way especially late term abortions. They pour acid on the poor little babies or cut off their limbs and crush their heads!!!!! We euthanize our pets so they don’t suffer any pain yet look what these barbaric monsters do to their own adorable innocent little babies!!!!! Then they “shout their abortions” to brag about it!!! God will hold them all accountable someday for murder. I hope they receive Christ someday with true repentance and are able to find forgiveness for this horrendous crime.

  • GEORGE EADY says:

    THIS IS OF THE GRATEST FIGHT. BUT THEN NEED TO GO AFTER THE REASON BEHIND IT . IT IS NOT ABOUT WOMANS RIGHTS. (THERE BEING USED ) AND ARE TO DUMB TO KNOW . IT IS ABOUT THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT ARE MADE FROM SALEING BABY PART . THAT IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE HEART OF THIS MASS MURDER . PUT THIS ON THE FRONT PAGES .AND PICTURES TO GO WITH IT. AND A LIST OF D.R’S NAMES THAT ARE HELL BOUND . . THAT IS WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR ALL OF AMERICA TO STAND UP AND SAY (HELL NO WE WONT DO THIS ANY MORE )

  • Frederick says:

    There was a comment made in a movie that haunts me. Young girl is pregnant and the father’s father is telling her that he knows an old witch that can stick a twig into her, shake it around a bit and she will no longer be pregnant. This was from the 18th century. We really have not climbed up much sense then. look around you. If we had just stuck a stick into your father’s mother the world would be less crowded. who wants to be first???

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