Tens of thousands of people turned out Saturday for “OneLife LA,” described by organizers as a celebration of the “beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.”
The anti-abortion protest began with a gathering at Olvera Street north of downtown Los Angeles, where Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and other religious leaders addressed the crowd. Gomez then led a walk to Los Angeles State Historic Park near Chinatown, for a program featuring speakers and musical performances.
The crowd size was estimated at 35,000, according to Deputy Joana Warren of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau.
Actress Patricia Heaton was among those expected to speak at the event, along with Karen Gaffney, the first person with Down syndrome to swim the English Channel. Former gang member Jose Arellano was scheduled to speak about his work with Homeboy Industries.
Musician Yesenia Flores, a longtime advocate for the homeless and foster children, performed, as will singer/songwriter Jodi King and her bassist husband Chris Rademaker. King and Rademaker are known as the duo Love & the Outcome. YouTube stars Angelica Gallegos and Jose Esparza also performed.
—City News Service
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