LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – In honor of Father’s Day, dozens of pro-life men, women, and children walked for life through the streets of Louisville to raise awareness about abortion and pro-life alternatives on Saturday.
For 13 years people have gathered for the annual Fathers for Life Day Walk sponsored by Sisters for Life, a Louisville-based Christian ministry.
Angela Minter, president and founder of Sisters for Life, had two abortions with her now-husband, Parnell, when they were teenagers.
“We want our community to know that we are a city —we’re a state — that cares about the sanctity of life,” said Minter. “We care about the sanctity of family. We care about every life, in the womb [and] outside the womb."
Participants walked north from the Sisters for Life offices to EMW Women’s Surgical Center in downtown Louisville, one of two licensed abortion clinics in Kentucky. There, they sang, prayed and offered sidewalk counseling to those entering the clinic. They completed the walk at Planned Parenthood's Louisville location.
Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, also spoke to the group.
“To see legalized abortion abolished in our day we must show up, stand up, and speak up,” Gray said. “To stand and watch young mothers, accompanied by parents or grandparents, enter the EMW clinic for the purpose of ending the life of their preborn child is beyond heartbreaking. That it can be done legally is the greatest human rights atrocity of our day.”
In addition to the annual Fathers for Life Day Walk, Sisters for Life sponsors a sidewalk counseling ministry that meets outside EMW every Wednesday through Saturday. Alongside Minter, volunteers are able to speak with pregnant women entering the abortion clinic and offer them educational resources that outline non-abortion options for them and their babies—including adoption, free housing during pregnancy, and free childcare.
“I came to learn from others who have been doing sidewalk ministry,” said Gretta Weaver, a member of Farmdale Baptist in Frankfort, Ky. The church has been working with the Louisville-based ministry Speak for the Unborn. Seven church members participated at the clinic on Saturday.
“I was personally able to tell those entering the EMW that Jesus loved them and died for them. We offered resources to help them choose life. One couple we engaged with turned around and chose life today,” Weaver said.
In addition to sidewalk counseling, Sisters for Life comes alongside women, couples, and families who choose life for their babies by providing support, mentoring, and material help after the pregnancy. On one occasion, with the help of another partner organization, Sisters for Life was able to pay a year’s worth of rent for a new mom.
“These are some of the things we’re doing to make sure we say: We love you, we love your baby, you make a decision for life and we’re going to be there to help and support you,” Minter explained. “If you choose to have an abortion, we’re still going to be there to support you.”
The event raised over $28,000 to support the ministry. For more information, visit sisforlife.org.