Photo credit: Victor Aleman/AngelusNews.com
Nearly 10,000 people gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday to support the dignity of human life at OneLife LA. As Peter Jesserer of the National Catholic Register wrote:
OneLife LA is a unique pro-life march. While pro-life marches in the U.S. generally focus almost exclusively on the injustice of abortion, OneLife LA took a different approach by celebrating all human life, and encouraging participants to commit to doing something concrete to build a culture of life in their families and communities. Instead of providing a forum for activists and politicians, OneLife LA gave a platform to national and local speakers who had made a choice for life and human dignity, inspiring others to do the same in their lives and the lives of those they meet.
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles led the crowd in prayer before the march through downtown Los Angeles. He also addressed the crowd, saying:
“My friends, we are being called to build a culture of life — a culture that loves life and defends life. A culture where every human life is welcomed and wanted and cared for. … This duty to protect life begins with the life of the child in the womb. There is no one more innocent, no one more defenseless in our society than the unborn child. So we need to protect the unborn. That means ending legal abortion. But it also means reaching out in love to support the mother who carries the unborn child in her womb.
The duty to protect life means that we need to stand with all those who are suffering and exploited and vulnerable in our society, especially those who are elderly and terminally ill. We need to protect them against the false compassion of euthanasia — which suggests that the sick would be better off dead than to be loved and cared for.”
Featured at the event were community partners who offered concrete ways participants could build a civilization of life and love, by helping unwed mothers, foster children, and children with incarcerated parents; by fighting human trafficking, helping the homeless and being involved with those who have intellectual disabilities.
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