OTTAWA — More than 100 people gathered in front of the Putnam County Courthouse in Ottawa on a cold but dry Sunday to participate in an annual Right to Life Rally.
The Putnam County gathering was part of the 40th annual national March for Life event.
Jan Kahle, Respect Life Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo, gave an update on the effectiveness of the anti-abortion movement. She said the number of abortions nationwide is down by one-third compared to 1991. Kahle also said the abortion clinic in Lima is showing a difference with fewer women going to the clinic.
Special guest speaker Tonya Luersman said there have been 53 million abortions nationwide since the Jan 22, 1973, Supreme Court ruling that a woman has a right to an abortion. She said in 2011 there 2,272 abortions in the 19 counties covered by the Toledo Diocese.
“We need all of you to be involved,” Kahle told the crowd before it walked to the American Legion Hall on West Main Street. “Just a few of us standing here would not be effective.”
A similar rally and march in Lima also drew about 75 people and began on South Elizabeth Street at Heartbeat of Lima's satellite office.
The Toledo Dioceses is again taking bus loads of people to Washington, D.C., to take part in the national event scheduled for Jan. 25. Last year there were 13 bus loads of people from the Toledo Diocese who traveled to the national event.