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Respect Life March 2008: An unprecedented turnout

At the grave of Baby Agnes Doe The youth participants recite the Pro-Life petitions at the grave of Baby Agnes Doe. Some of the older participants are the age of Baby Agnes who was born in early 1987. (Courtesy photo) Marching in Washington today Elizabeth Kreckel and Sheila Maclean from the Catholic Students Association (CSA) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania attended the annual Respect Life March in Tyrone on Sunday. They will join 10 others from the CSA for the March on Washington today which commemorates the 35th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade which legalized abortion in the United States. (Courtesy photo)

Single digit temperatures did not diminish the number of participants at the 21st annual Respect Life March.
Nearly 150 persons attended this annual march from St. Matthew Catholic Church to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Father Joseph Orr, who focused on the Pro-Life message in his homilies the past two weeks, was extremely pleased with the turnout, noting that “even the coldest day of the year thus far, did not deter these faithful marchers from turning out in record numbers.”
Father Orr began the service with meditations from Mother Theresa of Calcutta, who was without a doubt one of the most vocal critics of abortion in our lifetime. Her most famous quote, “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you live as you wish,” is frequently seen on the bumpers of the supporters of the Pro Life movement.
Lead by Father Orr, the marchers chanted “No more women cry; No more children die” at every intersection.
Upon reaching Oak Grove Cemetery at the Respect Life meditation area, constructed by Eagle Scout Jonathan Hampton, the youth participants lined up and read their Pro-Life petitions.
The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree lead the march, while the Tyrone Borough Police and Tyrone Fire Police provided security.
After a final blessing, the crowd headed back to Harkins Hall for a hot luncheon.
State Senator John Eichelberger, described as “the best friend an unborn child has in Harrisburg,” joined the marchers along with participants from Harrisburg, Indiana, and all of Blair and Centre counties.