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SIOUX CITY -- Damp conditions did not dampen spirits Sunday as people gathered for March for Life, a pro-life event marking the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to a legal abortion in the United States.

The march, which began at the Sprint Store at 4115 Gordon Drive  and concluded about three blocks away at Mary's Choice, a pregnancy resource center, at 4415 Stone Ave., was slated to include speeches by the Diocese of Sioux City's Bishop R. Walker Nickless, Susan Thayer, a former Storm Lake, Iowa, Planned Parenthood director and Monica Bertrand, the 14-year-old organizer of the event.

She said as many as 200 participants were expected.

"Since most abortions involve people between the ages of 14 and 24, it's very important for younger people to get involved in this fight," Bertrand, a home-schooled eighth-grader from South Sioux City, said.

Although nearly 100 people from the Diocese of Sioux City are scheduled to attend Monday's National Walk of Life in Washington, D.C., Bertrand said organizing a local event would involve a larger number of people.

"We need to have voices of everybody in order to have an impact on the law," she said.

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