Hundreds pick up signs and march for life

Pro life advocates marched through downtown Fort Madison Saturday as part of the North Lee County Right to Life march. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


FORT MADISON – They may have missed the freezing temps with their march on Saturday, but there was no missing their message as hundreds from around the area, walked through Fort Madison.

The March for Life, which began at the intersection of 10th and Avenue at 10:30, attracted more than 100 people from Fort Madison, Lee County, and Illinois. The event was put on by the North Lee County Right to Life.

The throng carried signs with sayings such as “Today’s kids are tomorrow’s future. Don’t kill the future”, and “Life is Good”.

Madeline Taylor, of Fort Madison carried a sign that read, “All Things Grow with Love”. She said this was her first time at the march.

“Life is good. I just want to be out here and say that all lives are good no matter what the circumstances. It doesn’t matter how old they are, we should protect that.”

Taylor walked with David Zaceski of Illinois who said he was marching in support of all people of all ages.

“I wanted to march to promote pro life causes and everything and show we care about babies and all kinds of people, the old and the young and everybody.”

Sue Abel bundled up and walked with her granddaughter Xandra, 13, who carried a sign that read, ‘Who’ll speak for the little ones’.

“We’re out here because we respect all life from conception to a natural death,” Sue Abel said.

Sue, who makes the annual march each year, said she was impressed by the turnout for the event.

“This is the about the usual size, but it’s a bit warmer today so we may have had a few more.”

Her granddaughter Xandra, 13, was out to spend time with grandma and be part of something.

“I like just coming here and coming out with my grandma and I enjoy being here,” she said.

The marchers worked their way down Avenue G to 6th Street and then north to Avenue F and headed west back to 10th Street. From there they walked up to McAleer Hall for refreshments and to warm up.


Madeline Taylor of Fort Madison and Dave Zaceski of Illinois walk with hundreds of others as part of the annual North Lee County Right to Life March for Life on Saturday morning. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC
Xandra Abel and her grandmother Sue, center behind Terry Schrepfer, right, walked together in Saturday’s March for Life parade in Fort Madison. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

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