Life Walkers Defend All Lives
The Life Walk participants represented many more who were unable to join in the two mile walk. The Christian responsibility to defend life from the moment of conception to natural death was highlighted with the opening prayer by Deacon Richard Bloomfield of Our Lady of the Scapular Catholic Parish in Wyandotte. The walk began at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Park
walking along Fort Street to the Crisis Pregnancy Center on Fort Street at Southfield. The Crisis Pregnancy Center offers life affirming counseling, education and material goods (clothing, diapers, formula, cribs, car seats and more) to help mothers, fathers and their children.
The annual peaceful fund raiser walk increases the awareness of the tragedy of abortion and took place Saturday morning, June 6.
After almost three months of lock down due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the outdoor walk offered an opportunity to see like-minded friends for the first time in many months. While other groups carry signs that Black Lives Matter, the Life Walk group signs declared that ALL human lives matter. It is significant that although Blacks compose 13% of the population, 50% of all abortions in Michigan kill unborn Black babies. (https://rtl.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/HopeForTomorrow_brochure.pdf) Abortion is an injustice for all innocent children in the womb and more so for Black babies.
Life Walk participants included the two dozen walkers, young and old, plus twice as many who supported the effort with their pledges. The walkers came from throughout the Downriver area. They carried signs declaring, “America for Life for All,” “Abortion Kills Children,” “Life: the First Inalienable Right,” and “Adoption: the Loving Option.” While walking the two mile route, Ed Kroll, president of Upper Downriver Right to Life noted that the friendly toots of the horns of passing cars and thumbs up responses were significantly more than in previous years.
Following the Life Walk was a potluck picnic. During the picnic, four passers by took the time to stop and talk and offered donations, increasing the successful fundraiser.
The event was sponsored by Upper Downriver Right to Life, serving Wyandotte, Southgate, Lincoln Park, Ecorse, River Rouge and Southwest Detroit. Participants included President Joe Connors and other members from Southern Downriver Right to Life. Both organizations are affiliates of Right to Life of Michigan (www.rtl.org).