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Life March, hundreds of pro-life supporters bring awareness

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Four thousand and three, that's the number of abortions organizers of the First Annual Life March for North Louisiana claim were performed in Shreveport-Bossier in 2012. 

That means more abortions happened here than in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. Pro-life supporters gathered to bring awareness to the issue. They want to lower it or prevent abortions altogether. That's one reason why the Arklatex crisis pregnancy center participated in the day's event.

"It's going to happen, crisis pregnancies," Vicky Brumley, with the center, said. "So, we're just there as a safety net."

Brumley believes so many women turn to abortion because they don't know of their options. Her organization provides an non-judgmental environment where women can learn of about different options. The goal is to guide them away from the procedure.

"I feel like they think there's no other way," Brumley said. "I feel like they're hemmed in and that they feel like there's no other option. I've been there, so I know it's a very terrible feeling. So, we just try to give them positive options and single parenting."

Brumley says if a woman or couple decide to carry, then the crisis center helps by providing information about adoption or parenting and even baby care items. She believes in order to lower abortion, the center needs to expand.

"People are coming from all over, from Texas and these surrounding towns," Brumley said. "I think that if we could get more crisis pregnancy centers, safe places where women don't feel like they don't have a choice, that they would be more up to carry."

Brumley also says more kids need to practice abstinence. That way, crisis pregnancies don't happen in the first place. She points to parents to motivate their children to wait until marriage.

"There are so many things going on, that some of us don't know, that these kids are into," Brumley said. "Monitoring them very well, getting them into youth groups and organizations that promote purity...."

Brumley says the crisis center is always looking for volunteers to help purchase baby care items and to give advice to woman and couples that come to them.

 

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