BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. is just days away. While many youth from the local Catholic community will travel there to participate, some who want to go cannot.
That's why a Father Steve Benden figured out a way to bring the cause to the Coast.
Benden has been planning a pro-life rally in Biloxi since last fall to unite the local Catholic community for a cause they hold dear.
"I wanted to have something locally that we could be proud of. So, the pro-life march in D.C. is on the 27th of this week, this is actually the day of Roe Vs. Wade. So, we wanted to do something today," said Benden.
The event began with mass at Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Catholic Church, where Father Benden reminded the audience of the church's role to embrace those in tough situations.
"That's my message here today, that we don't want in anyway to put down a woman or young woman that has gotten pregnant, not necessarily of their own choosing. We want to reach out to them and help," said Father Benden.
After mass, the crowd grabbed their signs and began a 15 minute march to Highway 90, near the Biloxi lighthouse. Participants say pro-life is bigger than abortion.
"Well the pro-life movement is not just anti-abortion, which is definitely a huge problem in our society, but it's to care for every step of life to care for the elderly, middle aged people, no matter what," said Sofia Cooper.
While many of the teen participants will head to Washington to march in just a few days, they're happy to have made an impact at home.
"I feel like you can just sit back and accept it and watch it happen, or go out and do something," said Luke Seicshnaydre.
Last year, students had to cut their trip to D.C. short due to a snow storm. Some of them were trapped on their buses for more than 48 hours. This year, they're hoping for better weather.