Gov. Bill Walker praised Alaska’s pro-life advocates for their work, stating that “all life is precious and singular.”
In a statement read by a representative from his office, the governor thanked the gathering of crisis pregnancy center workers, abortion recovery volunteers, religious leaders and others who braved sub-zero temperatures to participate in the Jan. 24 annual Interdenominational Prayer Service. The 15th annual event took place at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
Various religious leaders and pro-life advocates spoke at the prayer service, offering prayers and support for the ongoing effort to protect unborn human life.
“As we have seen throughout history, society is often divided on the details of complex issues — such as the moment at which life begins,” Gov. Walker stated. “It is when we take a step back, we are able to see the underlying commonalities in our viewpoints — that all life is precious and singular.”
He added: “When I step back, I see Alaskans from all backgrounds and faiths joined together here today in a spirit of togetherness and love of life. I see people who support young women and families in need, and encourage children and teens to make responsible and healthy life choices. Ultimately what I see, are individuals making a difference in their communities and working together to make the world a better place for their children and generations of Alaskans to come.”
Speakers attending the prayer service included: State Senator Cathy Giessel; Father Leo Walsh, pastor of St. Benedict Church; Community Pregnancy Center Director Bill Donovan; Catholic Men for Life leader Mario Bird; Alaska Right to Life President Robert Koruna; Catholic Daughters of the Americas Regent Mary Rapp; youth representative Katherine Kurka; Knights of Columbus State Pro-life Couple James and Ann Curro. Joy Christian Center Pastor Marlan Schoenleben gave the closing remarks.
The gathering lasted approximately 40 minutes and was sponsored by the Alaska Knights of Columbus, with the support of Alaska Right to Life.