Angela Minter was a college freshman when she found out she was pregnant.
She and longtime boyfriend Parnell didn't discuss options. They knew what they planned to do. They'd done it twice before. They'd get an abortion.
But before the young couple could get to a clinic, her father found out.
"He told me, 'Don't kill your baby.' I needed to hear that from my daddy," Minter said Saturday during an anti-abortion rights pro-life rally downtown at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center, formerly the Scottish Rite Center.
The 40th annual March for Life began with a noon rally that lasted more than an hour and ended with a march in the bitter cold to the E. Ross Adair Federal Building, about half a mile away. The event was scheduled to be close to the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide.
Fort Wayne Police Department officials estimated the crowd at 1,300.
Cathie Humbarger, executive director of Allen County Right to Life, coordinated the event and spoke to the audience seated in the auditorium.
"Over 30,000 little babies have been killed by abortionists here in Allen County" since the 1973 court decision, she said.
Tammy Lieber, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, did not attend the event. But she provided the following statement.
"Abortion is safe and legal, and polls consistently show a majority of Americans believe it should continue to be so," she wrote in an email. "At Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, we are committed to the need for continued access to safe and legal abortion if and when a woman needs to consider it."
Minter, the rally's keynote speaker, is executive director of Sisters for Life, a Kentucky non-profit. She ministers to pregnant women in Louisville, urging them not to have abortions.
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