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Pro-life walkers celebrate sanctity of life (Video)

By By Caty Hirst - CHIRST@VICAD.COM
Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2013 at 7:25 p.m.

"I believe in the right to life," Kathleen Holm said about her involvement in the Candlelight March for Life down Main Street on Thursday evening.

Texas Right to Life Events

•  What: Pro-life rally with Gov. Rick Perry and Abby Johnson

•  Where: Meet in the parking lot at the corner of 17th Street and Congress Avenue in Austin for the march to the south steps of the Capitol.

•  When: 1 p.m. Saturday

•  For more information about Texas Right to Life, visit texasrighttolife.com.

To get involved

• Contact the Victoria Life and Family Advocates at 361-573-2865.

They walked silently, candles lighting the way down South Main Street on Thursday night.

The cross streets were closed, and a police escort led the group of more than 300 from De Leon Plaza to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Three-year-old Joseph and 5-year-old Jimmy walked with flash lights instead of candles, but they know what they are walking for, their dad said.

"They love babies. It is important for people to see that kids think this is important, too," said David Coffey, as he and his children walked for the 38th annual Candlelight March for Life. "I think it is important to show them the importance of the public place and their right to speak. I need to show them that."

Coffey said he came out to demonstrate the value of all human life, especially for the unborn.

Hannah Adams, a 17-year-old junior at St. Joseph High School, said she has been coming to the annual walk since she was a baby. Now, she makes the decision to come on her own.

"It is important to stand up for what we believe in. I am marching for the unborn, for those who can't march themselves - all of those people who could have been my best friends or changed the world," Adams said.

Two spokeswomen for Texas Right to Life spoke at Our Lady of Sorrows, discussing their lobbying efforts in Austin.

Emily Horne, a legislative associate for the group, said it is working to pass the Texas Preborn Pain Bill, which would make abortion illegal at 20 weeks, when a fetus can feel pain, in the 2013 Texas Legislature.

"We have a lot of hope for the pain bill; it has a lot of attention from the media. ... What we like about that bill is that it puts the baby back into the picture," Horne said.

Gary Jones has been helping to coordinate the march for about 15 years as one of the volunteers bringing the candles and making the holders out of plastic bottles.

"We aren't here to holler or scream - it is silent. If just one girl sees this and knows what is going on, she might not have an abortion, and that is what this is all about," he said.

Paul Tasin, another organizer for the march, credits the walk and other lobbying efforts by the Life and Family Advocates group with keeping abortion clinics out of Victoria.

Victoria, with a population of more than 60,000, does not have an abortion clinic.

Tasin said the Life and Family Advocates group in Victoria will have a booth at the Victoria County Livestock Show to share pro-life information.

"We want more awareness of the beauty of life and the preciousness of the babies. And not just babies - but all life," Tasin said.

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