BIPARTISAN SHARING OF PRO-HUMAN LIFE MESSAGE IN OLYMPIA WASHINGTON: Annual ‘March for Life’ rally attracts ‘more than 4,000 gathered at steps of Capitol…Lawmakers, including Sen. Jim Hargrove, Democrat-Hoquiam, + Sen. Pam Roach, Republican-Auburn, spoke at rally in support of pro-life legislation,’ reports Ashley Stewart @ Seattle Times + LA ROSA

Published January 23, 2014 by goyodelarosa

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January 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

‘March for Life’ rally attracts 4,000 to Capitol

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More than 4,000 gathered at the steps of the Capitol for the annual “March for Life” rally. (Photo by Ashley Stewart)

OLYMPIA — Thousands showed up to share a pro-life message with lawmakers Tuesday.

Holding roses and hoisting signs, more than 4,000 people gathered at the steps of the Capitol for the annual “March for Life” rally to protest abortion, especially House Bill 2148, the so-called Reproductive Parity Act, which would require health-insurance plans to include abortion coverage.

Noreen McEntee-Hobson, president of Washington State March for Life, led the event.

“This isn’t a women’s issue, this is a political issue,” McEntee-Hobson told the crowd. “Women are on both sides.”

Lawmakers, including Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, and Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, spoke at the rally in support of pro-life legislation.

Kimberly Reis of Olympia brought her two daughters to the rally and carried a sign that said she was proud to be a woman and grateful to have children. Her daughters had signs, too.

“I just don’t think babies shouldn’t live,” said 8-year-old Aubren, waving a sign that said “abortion stops a beating heart.”

Her sister Maggie, 11, said children are a gift from God.

“They need people speaking out for them because they can’t.”

Washington State Patrol troopers said there were no pro-choice advocates at the event.

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