Weather cooperates as hundreds turn out for 3rd annual Walk for Life NW

Weather cooperates as hundreds turn out for 3rd annual Walk for Life NW

With signs held high and the support of hundreds of their fellow Spokanites and pro-life advocates, an estimated 500 folks took to the streets in downtown Spokane on Saturday.

“We are out here to celebrate life and protect the unborn,” said Katelyn Bahr.

“We are celebrating life at every stage,” said Amanda Peterson.

Organizers said the weather on Saturday was the best they’ve had in the three year history of the event, although last year the event drew larger crowds.

“I am here to give peaceful witness and demonstration to the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death,” said Jeff Lewis, a local priest.

For organizers and speakers at the event it was an opportunity to talk big picture, in a politically charged time.

“It is a show of force, it is a show of numbers and its a way to encourage the young and show the marginalized that we care,” said Charlotte Oliva, Committee Director for the Walk for Life NW.

This event took place as the country is beginning to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade the landmark court case which gave constitutional protection to a woman’s right to have an abortion.

Since the day it was decided it has been controversial.

Pro-choice advocates say overturning Roe v. Wade would limit a woman’s freedom, but speakers at Saturday’s event said they’d like to see the decision overturned because when pregnancy is involved they think there is another element to consider.

“I would support women’s choices as long as they don’t harm others,” said Laura Oliva, a pro-life educator. “Every person is cherished, every person is valuable, every one’s life has meaning, we have to allow the gift of life to pursue that meaning.”

Pro-life advocates at Saturday’s walk pointed to adoption and abstinence as alternates to abortion.

In Washington there are currently around 1,700 children currently needing homes.