Previous Californian Pro-Life rallies were organized by cities and regions.
The State of California is gearing up for its first official California March for Life. Following a brief rally, attendees will march around the State Capitol building in Sacramento. The August 25 event was organized by the national March for Life organization in partnership with the California Family Council.
According to CNA, this is the first march of its kind in California. There have been previous pro-life marches or rallies, like San Francisco’s Walk for Life West Coast or Los Angeles’ OneLifeLA. These, however, were organized at the city and regional levels. The California March for Life is the first such state-wide event.
March for Life
The itinerary of the day, listed on the March for Life website, begins with an opening prayer from Pastor Greg Farrington of Destiny Christian Church. After the national anthem, the crowd will hear from State Assemblyman James Gallagher and State Senator Shannon Grove. Pro-Life advocates Jeanne Mancini and Lea Kalinowski will also speak before the march begins.
In a press release, Mancini, President of the March for Life Defense and Education fund, said of the day:
“We are delighted to partner with the California Family Council, a stellar pro-life organization in the state, to help plan and launch the first ever California March for Life. The march is an opportunity for California pro-lifers to unite and encourage state legislators to craft policies that respect the rights of the unborn.” She added, “Every human life has dignity, and our laws must reflect that.”
The rally will take place on the steps of the Capitol building and the march will encircle the surrounding block. Organizers explained that theychose the date and routebecause the state legislature is in session. It is the hope of organizers that their state representatives cannot ignore their demonstration.
In a statement, President of the California Family Council Johnathan Keller welcomed anyone who wishes to march:
“We invite all people to join us in celebrating God’s gift of life from conception to its natural end. Let us all recommit ourselves to liberty and justice for all – born and unborn.” Keller commented.