Many other participants in the March for Life also brought children. Caroline Smith, from Covington, said she chose to bring her family because “we believe all life is created by God for a purpose — we want to respect the life God creates.”
Brian Cochran, a recent Georgia Tech graduate and president of the campus organization Students for Life at Tech, attended the rally and says his priority is to “save children’s lives” and he is not focused on overturning Roe v. Wade.
Jonas Byrne of Bethlehem, another attendee, is also not focused on overturning the Supreme Court decision. He said that while he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, he does not think it is likely to happen. He traces his support of anti-abortion groups to his Christian faith.
“Everyone who doesn’t do what God says faces eternal damnation,” he said.
Byrne also said he paid for an abortion.
“God forgives me, but what I did was so wrong,” he said while tearing up.
Democratic state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick said that she respects the group’s “right to peacefully rally” but said she “thinks it is unfortunate they haven’t kept up with the times, that most Americans support women’s right to choose.”
Georgia Right to Life President Ricardo Davis delivered an opening address to the crowd, where he said he didn’t want the anti-abortion movement to lose momentum with the passage of “bills and court decisions.”
“We cannot rest,” Davis said. “We cannot fail to teach our children and grandchildren that every child is loved and treated as a person with an inalienable right to life.”