LIMA — It’s an issue that has been a hot political topic ever since the the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 1973 decision in the Roe v. Wade case.
Many of the 40 people who took part in an anti-abortion march through downtown Lima Sunday said the mere fact that it is considered a political issue is much of what is wrong with abortion.
Heartbeat of America held the March in conjunction with Sanctity of Life Sunday. While the annual march was a little less populated because of the frigid weather, the group drew honks of support as it made its way around town on its brief march. Walkers carried signs encouraging women to make the choice of having their babies.
“A lack of morality today has been much of the cause,” said Donna Hodges, of Lima, when asked why the topic has become a political issue to many. “There is a lack of God in people’s lives. This choice has to do with life or death. It is an issue of killing a baby for convenience.”
Angie Soules, youth minister for the Lima Life Teen Total Youth Ministry, spoke to the group before the walk. Soules told a personal story of where the topic of abortion had touched her life twice. Her mother and father shared a relationship when they were freshmen and sophomores in college, which led to Soules’ conception. Two weeks before her birth, her father saw his dream of graduating from college slipping away and beat her mother. Soules now has cerebral palsy as a result. Her mother had chosen to have the baby.
The topic raised its ugly head again when Soules was an adult. She was raped and became pregnant. Soules chose to have the child, and as a result lost a youth ministry job because she chose to have the baby. A single mother was not wanted for the position.
“Every single person in my life told me to get an abortion,” Soules said.
Soules said it is important to walk in love and that it is important to walk and talk God’s message.
“It’s not just about carrying these signs, though that is part of it,” Soules said. “It is our job as Christians to share that message with every person we encounter.”
Christine Maynard, of Lima, said it was her first experience taking part in the walk.
“It is something that should be everyone’s first priority,” Maynard said. “I had a baby with a troubled pregnancy and she weighed 1 pound and 12 ounces. I don’t see how someone can look at her and tell me that is not a life. She is 16 years old and tells everyone about God. That is life.”
“The big issue is the issue gets misconstrued and becomes a political issue,” Soules said. “It shouldn’t even be an issue we are discussing. Everyone needs to consider the issues that arise when someone makes this a decision.”