By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor
BATON ROUGE – The goal is that Louisiana become an abortion-free state. Even better, that it lead and become the first state in the nation to become abortion-free.[img_assist|nid=7852|title=Remembering the babies|desc=Gene Mills, executive director of the Louisiana Family Forum, rings a ship’s bell eight times symbolizing the 8,000 children aborted in Louisiana on average each year. Mills spoke during the 2011 Louisiana Life March, with ceremonies at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=396]
Life March 2012 is a step – many thousands of steps – in that direction. It marks the anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 that permitted wide-scale abortion across the United States.
Last year, more than 3,000 people marched on the state capitol in Baton Rouge to affirm life. It was the first such event in Louisiana, although a “Heartbeat Rally” took place in the fall in the 1980s and 90s.