Pro-life advocates gather for the annual March for Life Rally

TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW) -- Tuesday’s annual March and Rally for Live began at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.

“This is the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe V. Wade decision which took all the power away from the states to regulate abortion,” Mary Kay Culp with Kansans for Life said.

Pro-life advocates of all ages attended the March and Rally.

“We have schools, and people, and students from all across Kansas coming here to obviously celebrate mass, but also to hear the message that we had. Our pro-life message,” Debra Niesen Pro-Life consultant with the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, said.

They marched to the Statehouse where a bigger rally took place.

“There’s going to be some legislators there talking, and really it’s just rallying everyone and recognizing some of the pro-life initiatives that are going on in our state and just really trying to spread the message,” Niesen said.

The crowd heard from several speakers including Senator Susan Wagle, State Treasurer Jake LaTurner, and U.S. Representative Ron Estes (R-4th).

Many are awaiting a State Supreme Court decision in a case challenging a 2015 law that bans an abortion procedure known as dismemberment.

“If it is happens and we think it will because we know who put those Supreme Court Justices there we’re going to have to amend our Constitution,” Culp said.

Culp said she believes a constitutional amendment may pass.

“We picked up eight seats in this last election. We lost governorship, but we got a net gain of eight seats,” she added.

Pro-choice groups did not hold any public events in Topeka.

The group Pro-Choice America posted a statement saying Roe V. Wade gives every woman power and dignity to make decisions about her body.

The full statement can be found here.