The annual Birmingham March for Life took place Saturday during what organizers say is a “watershed moment for the pro-life movement.”
The Cathedral of St. Paul, located at 2120 3rd Avenue North, will hosted a Mass for Life led by Bishop Robert Baker at 9 a.m. before the rally.
The United for Life Rally and march began at 10:45 a.m. at Brother Bryan Park, at 22nd Street South and 10th Avenue South. The event has drawn hundreds of participants in recent years.
Speakers and participants included Baker, Pastor Harry Reeder of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Sue Turner of Physicians for Life, Lisa Hogan of Pregnancy Resource Centers and Jim Pinto, a national pro-life, marriage and family activist.
The events are held in January to commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, 1973, and a companion case, Doe v. Bolton, which helped legalize abortion.
Organizer Jim Pinto said in a news release that 2016 is an important year for the pro-life movement, after more than 50 abortion clinics were shut down across the country in 2015.
“Participation in local and national marches for life will help in the promotion of the sacredness and dignity of every human being and help build a new culture of life,” the release stated.