NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – It has been 43 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, but that isn’t stopping members of the New Castle chapter of the People Concerned for the Unborn Child from speaking their minds.
In fact, members say it keeps them motivated.
“I want women to respect the babies within them,” said People Concerned for the Unborn Child Chair Diane Marcella.
The 30th annual Light a Candle for Life prayer vigil was held in New Castle’s Kennedy Square on Wednesday night. This year, the group lit 1,000 candles in memory of what they say were the 59 million American babies lost to legal abortion since 1973.
For some, it is a way to celebrate life and bring attention to a cause they are passionate about. Others, like Melody Casserly, are using the event as a teachable moment.
“It’s just important to be out here, I think, teaching our kids at a young age how important life is,” she said.
The group will also attend the March for Life held in Washington, DC this Friday in front of the Supreme Court. Marcella said she believes it will make a strong statement to the public about the issue.
“This impacts our whole society, and we have violence, and the first violence, as I said before, is in the womb,” she said.