local press: Yakima Walk for Life to mark 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

The Yakima Herald-Republic wrote about the upcoming Walk for Life in today’s paper.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima’s Walk for Life on Saturday will commemorate a 40th anniversary.

It will also be a memorial, an organizer said.

The annual march through Yakima celebrates participants’ commitment to protecting human life. This year it coincides with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in January 1973.

The walk begins at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral, 15 S. 12th Ave., and will proceed east on Yakima Avenue, concluding at Millennium Plaza on South Third Street. The walk covers about 1.3 miles.

Retired Bishop Emeritus Carlos Sevilla of the Catholic Diocese of Yakima will offer the opening prayer at St. Paul, and Alice Sanders, an evangelist with the Full Gospel and Holiness denomination, will give the closing remarks at Millennium Plaza.

Participants will then be invited to the Madison House Youth Center, 304 S. Fourth St., for warm refreshments and snacks.

A bus will be available to take walkers back to St. Paul.

Lenette Lindemann, one of the organizers, explained that this year’s event, named “A Call to Remembrance,” will have a memorial theme.

“We’re looking at it as a memorial walk to honor the children who have lost their lives through this procedure (abortion.)”

Lindemann also said that organizers are working to broaden community participation this year by reaching out to various service groups, teams, nonprofits and different churches.

Between 300 to 500 people, from around Central Washington, are expected to walk, she said. “People are encouraged to bring banners identifying their group and respectful signs.”

Lindemann is board chair of Image Point Mobile Medical Services, a Selah nonprofit Christian organization, which is sponsoring the walk.

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