FARMINGTON — Multiple Farmington churches and San Juan County pro-life organizations banded together Sunday afternoon for the second annual March for Life peace walk as more than 100 participants took to the streets to protest abortion.
Katelyn Cardenas, the Respect Life coordinator for Sacred Heart Parish, said members from Sacred Heart, St. Mary's Catholic Church and World Harvest Center along with San Juan County Right to Life and Students for Life joined together to hold a "prayerful, peaceful protest walk" as the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Roe Vs. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision making abortion legal approaches.
With the phrase "I survived Roe Vs. Wade but Roe Vs. Wade will not survive me" printed on her sweatshirt, Katelyn Cardenas said she was doing her part to remember the families that dealt with the regret and grief from choosing abortion. She said she was praying for them.
"I have always felt called to the pro-life movement," Cardenas said. "I've always felt the truth in my heart that abortion is no good for our country, no good for our women and obviously no good for our children since they are dying because of it."
Participants walked along sidewalks from St. Mary's on East 20th Street to Sacred Heart on North Allen Avenue.
A pit stop was setup at World Harvest Center on North Butler Aveune where the members of the walk stopped for a prayer before finishing the nearly two-and-a-half mile walk.
Comprised of area high school and college students, Students for Life members helped construct the pink and blue crosses on the front lawn of St. Mary's along with the rosary made of balloons for the walk.
Farmington High School sophomore Payton Sandoval said she is passionate about ending abortion.
"I think it gets the message across, how strong our community is about going against abortion and how (wrong) we think it is as a parish and a community," Sandoval said.