Story by Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) - On Saturday, Jan. 14, the annual Walk for Life, sponsored by Nebraska Right to Life, will once again be held in downtown Lincoln. The event is being held earlier than usual this year, due to the inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. in St. Mary Church prior to the event, with Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, as the main celebrant and Father Scott Hastings, vicar for clergy of the Archdiocese of Omaha, as the homilist.
At 10 a.m., a short program will be held on the north side of the State Capitol before the walk begins. Afterward, a talk will be given by keynote speaker Rebekah Buell in the Student Union of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
When Buell was pregnant with her second child, she went to Planned Parenthood and began a chemical abortion. When she realized she had made a mistake, she was able to find a pro-life doctor who helped her with a new abortion pill reversal protocol and saved the life of her baby.
Buell will share her story in the Ballroom and Centennial Room on the second floor of the Student Union.
While attendance might vary depending on the weather, between 4,000 and 5,000 people attend the event every year. Attendees include men, women and their children from across the state as well as some from Iowa.
“[The Walk for Life] cuts across generations, like a cross-section of Nebraska,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life. “The children can see that their parents and grandparents have done this too.”
However, young people have been attending the walk in large numbers as well.
“We have seen an incredible outpouring of young people… that’s something we can be very pleased and encouraged by,” said Sandy Danek, president of the board for Nebraska Right to Life.
In fact, these young men and women are often referred to as “the pro-life generation.”
“I think it’s important for young people to attend the Walk for Life because our generation has the responsibility in our democratic society to protest injustice and create a culture of respect for human life,” Willa Koenig, a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, said. “We are able to reach our peers in a way that other people might not be able to.”
What makes the Walk special to those in attendance is what the pro-life movement stands for.
Schmit-Albin said, “The pro-life movement is the most altruistic movement there is. People who attend the Nebraska Walk for Life are there not for their own benefit but for somebody they’re likely never going to meet.”
Donations of baked goods are needed for the Nebraska Walk for Life bake sale. Students will take donations at the front of the UNL Student Union on 14th and R streets beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the bake sale help defray expenses for the Walk. For more information or pickup, call Danek at 402-890-0936.