2018 ‘March for Life’ Held in Casper [VIDEO]
Some 120 people braved the snow, wind and cold on Saturday afternoon to gather and march against abortion in Casper's City Park.
Two women who have had abortions shared their experiences, while a third woman described the support of friends and family which led her to make a different choice.
"I've often thought: 'Is it okay to kill a child just so I can feel better?' Because that's basically what I did," Cheryl Flores told the crowd following the march. "I didn't want the judgement, or the persecution, or the talk, or the gossip, or the looks."
"Basically, I took my child's life so I didn't have to feel bad about it," Flores continued.
Monday marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision which affirmed the right of women to have an abortion. Kara Linn, board member of Natrona4Life, emphasizes that her group disagrees with that decision.
"It was five people in 1973 who totally upended our country's constitutional law and declared this right to abortion, nullifying state laws," said Natrona County Republican Rep. Chuck Gray. "Since that decision, sixty million children have lost their lives."
Aimee Kidd, who has previously vocalized her criticism of the Casper Police Department's handling of sexual assault investigations, also spoke on Saturday. She says she became pregnant by rape, and considered having an abortion.
"I just needed to hear it was okay. It was okay to love the baby growing inside of me, despite how she was conceived," Kidd said. She also said that having a pro-life stance means more than simply standing against abortion.
"We have so much more to do. Being pro-life is looking at the mother in the pew at church with her, however many kids -- in my case six -- and complimenting her on those beautiful children, and offering a meal, or dropping off a box of diapers," Kidd said.
Natrona4Life, which organized Saturday's event, plans to hold the march annually.