(10/29/13) - Standing in prayer, members of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw
held a protest to end abortion Tuesday morning.
It's part of a nationwide pro-life campaign.
The group was joined by Bishop Joseph Cistone. They hope to change hearts and some laws.
"We believe that life is in the womb, and there is a human being there and that person has all the rights that I have here as a citizen of this world," said Bishop Cistone, of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
That belief pushed them to pray outside the Women's Health Center, a clinic which performs abortions in Saginaw. The demonstration is part of a national effort called "40 Days for Life."
"Our people come together for this period of 40 days and they pray. They pray for life, they pray for an end to abortion, they pray that the Lord will change peoples' hearts," Cistone said.
"If life in the womb is not respected, what can you expect from society?" said David Bnaszek, of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
"One abortion is one too many. It causes pain for not only the baby, but for the mother and the father," said Sandy Buza, of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
Students also joined the fight to help spread the word.
"I'm here with my class, the senior religion class at Novell Catholic Central," said Matt King. "It's important for us to standup for life, because maybe not all the people around us are as informed as we are."
All of them hoping to peacefully and compassionately convince mothers to think twice before ending a life. They also hope to get elected officials attention.
"Pray that our legislators will see importance of the life of the unborn and they will structure our laws to protect them," Cistone said. "Prayer absolutely changes things. It doesn't always change things in our time line, but we continually pray."
"It's time that we end abortion, it's not a political issue, it's a moral issue," Buza said.
The Women's Health Clinic in Saginaw and Planned Parenthood of Saginaw did not have a comment for us on Tuesday.
The national 40 day life campaign ends Nov. 3. For more information, click HERE.
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