Active month for Right to Life groups

Before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion Jan. 22, 1973, Americans who oppose abortion had organized the National Right to Life Committee in 1968. That group staged the first annual National March for Life in 1974 in Washington, D.C. (from marchforlife.org). 

Local Right to Life chapters also sprang up all over the country, and they continue working to reverse that controversial decision. Many supporters have traveled to the nation’s capital to take part in the national march, while others raise funds, share information and contact lawmakers. 

The 2019 National March for Life is set for 1 p.m. Jan. 18. Reservations are being accepted for bus trips to Washington, D.C. Catholic Charities is sponsoring a trip for college students and young adults. It is to depart Toledo at 3 p.m. Jan 17 and return late Jan. 19. The package includes two nights in a D.C. hotel. For more details, contact Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org or (419) 214-4933. 

Another bus is to leave from Port Clinton Jan. 17 and return Jan. 19. Included are transportation, hotel, breakfast, Mass at the Basilica, the rally and march, and a stop at the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania. For information and registration, contact libbygahris@yahoo.com. 

Those who cannot attend the national event Jan. 18 can participate in observances closer to home. A candlelight walk is to begin with a brief prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at All Saints/St. Patrick Church on SR 18, Bascom. Walkers are to process about 1/2 mile to Bascom United Methodist Church. Participants can park at BUM and  take a shuttle to St. Patrick. 

Following the Bascom walk, about 7 p.m., there is to be a program with speaker Toni Brubaker, director of Heartbeat Home Medical. Refreshments are to be offered after the program. For more details, contact Marcia at (419) 937-2546 or Fred at (419) 937-5615. 

Tiffin Right to Life has planned a prayer service at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in St. Joseph Church in Tiffin. A eucharistic procession is to continue from St. Joseph to the courthouse. Walkers are to process to St. Mary Church on South Sandusky Street for benediction and final prayers. 

Those who cannot walk can remain for a rosary at St. Joseph. Shuttle service is to be available from St. Mary back to the starting point. Warm clothing is advised for the walk. In case of inclement weather, everyone would remain at St. Joseph. 

New Riegel Right to Life Society is serving its annual breakfast 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 20 at New Riegel American Legion. The suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for students (grades 1-8), and $13 for immediate family groups. A raffle and baked goods sale also is planned. For more information, call Cheryl at (419) 595-2034.  

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