Thousands of people from across the UK attended the March For Life UK in London. The March finished in Parliament Square where the crowd was addressed by a line-up of keynote speakers including;
abortion survivor Melissa Ohden and president of Culture of Life Africa Obianuju Ekeocha.
Carla and Danny who recently changed their minds about having an abortion outside a Marie Stopes clinic in Birmingham also spoke to the crowd.
The March comes as abortion campaigners increase pressure on Westminster to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and to make extreme changes to abortion legislation in England and Wales.
Abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden, speaking to the crowd in Parliament Square, said:
“I am standing here with you today as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a Master’s level prepared social worker, and yes, as an abortion survivor. You would never tell by looking at me today, but 41 years ago, I survived a “failed” saline infusion abortion.
“Despite the miracle of my survival, the doctor’s prognosis for my life was initially very poor. My adoptive parents were told that I would suffer from multiple disabilities throughout my life. However, here I am today, perfectly healthy. Whether I had lived with the expected disabilities or not, my life still deserved to be protected and respected, I still was worthy of the love that my family freely offered.
Addressing the crowd, president of Culture of Life Africa Obianuju Ekeocha said:
“I am here to lament about the human rights issue of our time. Abortion in this country has been legal now for more than 50 years and has taken the lives of more than nine million people.
“We are all gathered here today in this special venue because we have come to raise our voices to this parliament, because this parliament has it wrong."
“Who is worthy of personhood?” she asked. “The babies in the womb are worthy of personhood! They deserve to be protected from womb to tomb.”
Edited from Press Release by March for Life UK