The theme of the event was “10 Million Too Many”, a sobering reminder that since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967 there have been over 10 million abortions in the United Kingdom. But despite the serious message, the atmosphere was one of joy and a celebration of life from conception in the womb.
The keynote speaker was Shawn Carney, CEO of the pro-life organisation 40 Days for Life, who had flown in from Texas and delivered a rousing talk about the recent overturning of Roe v Wade, a sign of hope for us all. Perhaps because of this recent victory, there was an increased presence of pro-abortion activists this year, but they remained to one corner of Parliament Square and their chants were easily drowned out by the good cheer and applause of the March for Life attendees.
Many parishioners from all over the Diocese of East Anglia attended with some notable individuals taking on volunteer roles and leading the March itself. Ruth, Grace and Marian Patten (sisters from Ipswich) were part of the group of young people who lead the March and carried this year’s “flagship” banner.
Alastair Ward (who attends Withermarsh Green chaplaincy) took part in a quiz during the morning’s “festival of life”, one of many events designed to educate and inform on the various issues that surround abortion. And Alastair’s brother, Tom, was one of the chief Stewards. Tom said, “It was no mean feat to move a crowd of 7000 people through central London on a Saturday and loop round Trafalgar Square.”
The event took place on Saturday September 3. You can see more pictures and videos of all the talks at www.marchforlife.co.uk
Pictured above are marchers including Ruth, Grace and Marian Patten.