Walkers take their ‘Proudly Pro-life’ message to the streets

Nearly 500 walkers were met with blue skies and moderate temperatures for the 39th annual Walk for Life. The walk — hosted by the Kentucky Right Life Association — began at Trinity High School, 4011 Shelbyville Road, and continued through the St. Matthews area. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

Nearly 500 walkers were met with blue skies and moderate temperatures for the 39th annual Walk for Life. The walk — hosted by the Kentucky Right to Life Association — began at Trinity High School, 4011 Shelbyville Road, and continued through the St. Matthews area. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer

Nearly 500 people wearing green T-shirts with the phrase “Proudly Pro-Life” walked down Shelbyville Road Sept. 9 in support of the annual Walk for Life. The walk began at Trinity High School, 4011 Shelbyville Road, and continued through the St. Matthews area.

The 39th annual walk — hosted by the Kentucky Right to Life Association — is meant to show opposition to abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, cloning and embryonic stem cell research.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz delivered the invocation prior to the walk and told supporters gathered that he was there “because of my faith.”

“I believe in religious freedom and I believe that religious freedom is not just a privilege of just a few people. Religious freedom is a freedom given to us to do two things: to witness clearly and to serve others,” he said.

The archbishop said Catholics witness by “the four C’s.”

“That’s what I’m going to pray for today: To do it with courage, to do it with compassion, to do it with civility and to do it calmly. And, the Lord gives us the blessing for all four of those,” he said.

The walk typically raises between $30,000 and $40,000. The total for this year was not available by The Record’s deadline. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the Kentucky Right to Life Association.

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