Hundreds show pro-life support at Walk for Life Northwest

Hundreds of Walk for Life Northwest supporters marched downtown Saturday afternoon promoting their stance against abortion.

Across the nation, some members of the anti-abortion movement have been criticized for their graphic representations and harsh words, but Walk for Life Northwest organizers say this march is about compassion, welcoming supporters from all walks of life, like Becky Williams.

Williams is a volunteer for a crisis pregnancy center in Spokane who got pregnant unexpectedly when she was 21-years-old.

“I didn’t have the courage to continue that pregnancy, so I’m one that has endured an abortion and what it can do to a woman’s life. In 1974, we didn’t have crisis pregnancy centers and so as a 21-year-old, I didn’t know what to do. I unfortunately didn’t have my baby,” Williams said.

That’s why this peaceful march is so close to her heart and the hearts of many mothers who found themselves questioning what to do in an unplanned pregnancy situation.

“What we need to do is find compassionate care for a woman in crisis pregnancy. We don’t need to condemn anyone, what we do is support that person,” said Al Oliva of Walk for Life Northwest.

“This is a human being and we need to come up with a strategy to have her pregnancy and support her afterwards. We need a culture of supporting and understanding and not condemnation and that’s really what Walk for Life is about,” he said.

That type of support is what helped these mothers choose life and encourage all people to stand firmly for life.

“There are struggles everyday as a single parent, but they are so worth it because hard things are the best things in life and my daughter brings me so much joy through hard and easy times,” said Amanda Plumb.

“There was never a question in my mind whether I would keep her or not and it became real,” said Yvonnne Miller. “And when I saw ultrasound, I became in love with her and knew she would be mine,” she said.

“Every life has value, God created every life,” said Williams.

Not everyone at Saturday’s event supported President Donald Trump’s recent executive order defunding Planned Parenthood, but many people said they were happy with the new policy change.