Hundreds March for Life in Cincinnati
Despite frigid temperatures, more than 400 people attended the annual Pro Life Rosary Procession and Rally in Downtown Cincinnati Saturday, processing from City Hall to Fountain Square to call for the end of abortion.
“We had 400-500, which is outstanding with 20 degree weather!” says Joanne Kemmerer, one of the organizers.
Attorney Tom Brinkman emceed the 30th annual rally, which opened with remarks by pro-life attorney Tom Condit about recent legal developments. Fr. Joseph Greenwell, pastor of the Society of St. Pius V parish Immaculate Conception in Norwood (OH) blessed the crowd and led them in in prayer before beginning the procession.
Acolytes from the parish, carrying candles and a processional cross and accompanied by young men carrying flags, flanked a statue of Mary and the infant Christ decorated with white and pink flowers. Volunteers with amplified bullhorns led the large crowd, which included many families with young children, in the rosary.
The rally at Fountain Square included speeches by Ann Winner, a local mother of six, and Boone County (KY) Republican Party Chairman Rick Brueggemann. Winner spoke about the little-known new “30 Mile law” abortionists in Texas from practicing further than 30 miles away from hospitals where they have admitting privileges, and Brueggemann spoke about the importance of prayer in the fight to end abortion.
The Greater Cincinnati Pro-Life Committee presented vice president of the Northern Kentucky Right to Life Fred Summe with its 2014 Pro-Life Award.
Sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Pro-Life Committee, the annual march brings together pro-life activists, attorneys, politicians, and citizens for the annual march, and unites religious and non-religious people of good will in working for the common goal of ending abortion.
“The Cincinnati ProLife Committee is dedicated to spiritually protecting life by promoting an annual public Rosary Procession in bitter January cold as penance for the Court’s decision,” the Committee’s web site reads. “We also honor those individuals who have stood up for life in public office and who deal with the devastating effects of abortion on a daily basis.”
While most of the organizers belong to Immaculate Conception parish and the Society of St. Pius V, the Committee is open to all and pro-life organizations around the region support the event. For information about helping with next year’s Rally or donating to the Committee, click here, or click here to send an email inquiry.
Photos by Chris Federspiel, who contributed to this story.
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