LINCOLN — Carrying signs stating their opposition to abortion, an estimated 5,000 people turned out Saturday for the Nebraska Walk for Life.
The walk coincided with the 40th anniversary year of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
“It's been 40 years too many,” said Carolyn Karash of Kearney.
This year's walk featured appearances and speeches by Gov. Dave Heineman, U.S. Reps. Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry, and Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy.
“I'm a pro-life governor, and these people help me move forward a very fundamental value that many Nebraskans believe in,” Heineman said.
Nebraska Right to Life sponsors the annual event, which includes a rally at the State Capitol and march to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union.
Casey and Gena Winkels of Lincoln brought their five children to the event. Gena Winkels said it was important to remind her children and others about the unborn.
“These children who are in tummies will be just like all of us someday,” Winkels said.
Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, was keynote speaker. Tobias talked about the importance of preventing abortion to about 900 gathered at the Student Union.
“The pro-life movement is a movement of love,” Tobias said. “Everything we do is to help people who we don't know and we won't meet ... and I want to reinforce that.”
About 20 people supporting legal abortion attended the event.
“There are people who think differently in Nebraska,” said Ashley Martin, a supporter of abortion rights.
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