- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A march against abortion brought out 1,200 people to walk across a bridge from Pineville to Alexandria.

They started at Louisiana College and ended at the Levee Park Amphitheater in downtown Alexandria.

The march Saturday was billed as the first Louisiana Life March for the two cities.

“I believe that abortion is wrong, because if important people in history would have been aborted … we wouldn’t have the everyday necessities they invented,” 11-year-old Elizabeth Daigrepont of Pineville told The Town Talk (https://townta.lk/1JRKu3z) while walking with her father and sister.

Allie Bruno came with her 11-month-old son. “We came to support the walk for life. We love our son and we want everyone to have that experience,” She told KALB-TV (https://bit.ly/1Q4haU2).

The big crowd shows central Louisiana residents “were just waiting for an opportunity to speak up,” said the Rev. Brian Gunter of First Baptist Church in Pollock, who worked with Ryan Verret, associate director of Louisiana Right to Life, to coordinate the event.

Louisiana College President Rick Brewer started the morning with prayer, then said the private Baptist school plans to host participants on campus in the future.

Sam Mistretta, a Knights of Columbus member from Baton Rouge, said he is “always really impressed obviously with how the community comes together to peacefully say that something is wrong with our country.”

He said he and his wife attend Louisiana Life rallies around the state, motivated by the belief that “society would be better for everyone if we protected all human life.”

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This story has been corrected to show that Allie Bruno’s son is 11 months old, not 11 years old.

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