“Life is precious, and we are always going to be here standing up for the unborn children in the womb,” said Chuck Loss of Right to Life Muskegon.
Signs protesting abortion were raised and a prayer was said for the building’s employees. The group then returned to the church for more prayer and discussion.
“I can say it’s one of the best turnouts we’ve ever had,” Loss said.
Across town, members of Harbor Unitarian Universalist Church held their own gathering on the eve of the anniversary, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S.
“It’s a much broader human rights issue than just abortion,” said Faith Groesbeck, president of the Muskegon/Ottawa County chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Following a prayer breakfast and rally at Hackley Park in Muskegon, the group discussed women’s equality and sexual health.
“The commemoration of Roe v. Wade is so much more than pro-choice,” Groesbeck said. “We’re supporting reproductive justice and sexual freedom.”
“(Pro-choice supporters are) allowed to do whatever they want to,” Loss said. “We believe that life is precious, obviously — and they think they should have the choice to end that life.”
For both groups, Saturday’s turnout showed just how important the abortion issue is, even after 39 years.
“I’m really proud of all of these people that are out here today, and we’re going to be here until abortion ends,” Loss said.