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"Rally for Life" held day after federal judge blocks North Carolina abortion ultrasound law

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Rally for Life held day after federal judge blocks North Carolina abortion ultrasound law

"Rally for Life" held day after federal judge blocks North Carolina abortion ultrasound law (Photo Credit: WTVD)

An estimated 1,200 Catholic high school students braved the cold Saturday to attend a pro-life rally for teens outside of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh.

"[I am here] to help stop ending the lives of unborn babies, at the moment of conception to the moment of birth. That's how strongly I feel about it, that I came out here in the cold weather," said pro-life supporter Salvador Chavero.

The teens started out the day taking part in a special mass led by Bishop Michael Burbidge celebrating the sacredness of life. It is a belief many at the rally say they feel strongly about.

"Yes, I do, because I think it's wrong to end someone's life that hasn't even been born," said Stephanie Chegue.

"It's not right to end somebody's life, and I think it's really good to show young ones, teach them it's not right just to take away someone's life so early," added Susann Rivera.

Nonetheless, the tone of the rally remained positive, which was a goal of Bishop Burbidge. He also was thrilled with the huge turnout.

"I am so proud, I'm so proud of our young people that on a Saturday morning when they have many options to do various activities they chose to come here," said Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. "What they bring with it is not only the conviction, but they also bring the enthusiasm, the joy, that should accompany this message."

From Sacred Heart, many of the teens then marched to nearby Nash Square where they joined hundreds of other Catholics who were participating in the annual North Carolina "Rally for Life."

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