HELENA — Activists gathered at the State Capitol on Saturday to protest abortion practices in the United States and pray for change.
The annual March for Life is held each year around the anniversary of Roe. v. Wade, which established a legal right to abortion in 1973.
The event was filled with prayer to end abortion, people were asked to support anti-abortion leaders and policies and support women and girls who face an unwanted pregnancy.
A live ultrasound was held for the event, and speaker Donna Nickerson's testimony about her own pregnancy hardships brought many in the crowd to tears.
“It’s important that every woman that is facing an unplanned pregnancy that she knows there are resources available to help with that pregnancy,” said Sharon Nathan, director of Pro-Life Helena. “If she wants to raise the baby there are resources available. Also, if she wants to put the child up for adoption there are resources and ways she can define what adoption would look like.”
Nathan said there are many organizations in Helena that can help women and families who are facing an unplanned pregnancy.
“It’s a difficult situation and I’m not going to pretend that it isn’t,” said Nathan. “We will do whatever that woman needs in order to feel like she’s got support and the resources she needs. We have a great community of pro-life individuals that just want to be there to help her and amazing churches in this town that are willing to support and help as well.”
Nathan encourages anyone who wants more information to reach out and they would be happy to connect them to clinics, social services and support organizations in their community.
Helena’s advocates join similar March for Life events being held across the country.