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South MS pro-life advocates say country ready for change

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - As hundreds of thousands of abortion opponents descend on Washington D.C. for the March for Life, a Mississippi Senator is pushing for federal legislation that could make abortion illegal. On Monday, Senator Roger Wicker will introduce the Life At Conception Act which explicitly defines life as beginning at conception.

If passed, Senator Wicker says it would be significant step is overturning Roe versus Wade the court case that legalized abortion back in 1973.

An 18-hour bus ride from South Mississippi to Washington, D.C. wasn't enough to keep people from wanting to blend their voices with thousands of others trying to protect the rights of the unborn. Two charter buses pulled out of St. Patrick Catholic High School on Friday night.

"I have a friend who recently had a baby. I'm really proud that she didn't commit abortion,"said Olivia Donald, a high school student. "I think that babies don't need to be killed. That's a life."

After a stop in Hattiesburg to pick up more passengers, the Biloxi Catholic Diocese officials say 200 people mostly teens headed to the March for Life.

Luke McClure  is one of the organizers.

"It's the March For Life so they can march for the unborn children," McClure said. "We really want to focus on morality and really bring the teenagers closer to Christ and lead them in the moral life. Because the young people are the future and hopefully with their influence the Roe v. Wade can be overturned."

 "There are so many people that are already protesting," said Colby Hartford, high school student. "Give it a few more years and I'm sure it will turn around on the people that even legalized it in the first place. "

However, some pro-life advocates are hopeful that overturning Roe v. Wade won't take years.

Tina Gauthe is one of the parents who came to see the teenagers off.

"I feel that given the political climate that we live in today and all of these changes that we have been seeing in the healthcare reform and bipartisan politics that we see today, I feel like there is a climate for change," Gauthe said.

The teens say they hope to encourage their generation to protect life.

"I mean, there's so many teen pregnancies going on and we don't need to let them think or make up a lame excuse not to take responsibility for their actions. And everyone our age saying, 'No, it's okay. We support you even if you have made a mistake.' So everyone getting involved is a really big help."

To mark the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Barack Obama said on Saturday that the court case affirmed that government should not intrude on private family matters. He called abortion a constitutional right he's committed to protecting.

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