Thousands fill downtown Pineville for LA Life March
At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, the usual traffic march in Downtown Alexandria was at a stand-still. There wasn’t a parade like the night before, but still the streets were blocked off just the same.
The reason: thousands of people marching down Main Street in Pineville with voices united for those they say will never get the right to speak.
“We came to march for a group of people that don’t have a voice,” Carl Gulde, Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church said while walking the route with his church family. “The Supreme Court seems to think they don’t have a voice but we’re going to change that.”
Close behind Gulde was Brian Gunter, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Pollock. He’s been working together with the Louisiana Life March organization to bring the event to Central Louisiana for the first time.
“I’ve been praying to God for two years to open the hearts of those in Central Louisiana and save the lives of children across our state,” Gunter said while walking down Main Street. “10,000 children die each year in Abortion clinics across this state and we’re here to say it has to stop.”
As they walked, people of all denominations waved banners, held signs, sang and prayed for those affected by their cause. Towards the end of the group, pushing a stroller holding a toddler was Allie Bruno, a recent college graduate who is also a new mother.
“Why did we come here, Emmett,” she asked the 11 month old. “We came to support the walk for life. We love our son and we want everyone to have that experience.”
As they marched on, the crowd crossed over the Jackson Street Bridge into Downtown Alexandria. They ended their journey at the Amphitheater where a ceremony was held to honor their cause. Speakers included leaders in the Baptist, Pentacostal and Catholic churches, music from local Christian artist Octavia and state politicians including Congressman Ralph Abraham.
Abraham, also a physician, addressed the audience on the frequency of abortions.
“It’s the most common medical procedure performed in America. How tragic is that” Abraham asked the crowd. “But if we go back to the Bible, we can find hope because we know that if God is with us, no one can stand against us.”