Celebrate Life March Jan. 14 in Denver to highlight work of Marisol Health clinics for women
Denver, CO—Jan. 13, 2017—Catholic Charities of Denver President and CEO Larry Smith says there’s no longer a need for abortion in Colorado. With the opening of the new Marisol Health medical clinics, women will find a supportive and caring network that will provide for their needs throughout a pregnancy and their lifetime, he announced before the Celebrate Life March in Denver this Saturday.
“Marisol Health will end the need for abortion in Colorado,” Larry Smith said during an interview Tuesday on KLZ-560 AM. “The goal for Marisol [Health] is to meet these young women right where they are, let them know we love them, and address the needs and concerns they have for their situation. [Also] to help them understand the dignity they have and the dignity that their child has and understand how they can have a life with that child moving forward.”
Smith said Marisol Health was created to provide women with hope—and the help to overcome challenges in their lives.
Marisol Health is part of a network of medical centers, maternity homes and long-term stay homes to help women and children. The network offers gynecological services, counseling, pregnancy care, baby care items, confidential post-abortive counseling for men and women, and other resources to provide a loving community of support. Catholic Charities is uniquely positioned to meet each woman who is vulnerable to abortion.
Smith’s statement comes days before the Celebrate Life rally and march, a peaceful demonstration held in witness to the dignity of life and in somber remembrance of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, Jan. 22, 1973, that legalized abortion nationwide. Events will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, on the west side of the state Capitol building in downtown Denver.
Smith is available for interviews. Media is invited to cover the events on Saturday.
The community can support Marisol Health by joining the march, attending the Beacon of Hope Gala on Jan. 28 or by giving online at ccdenver.org/donate. If you or someone you know is in need of life-affirming care, visit marisolhealth.com or call 303-731-6130.
Lynn Grandon, Catholic Charities of Denver’s program director for the Office of Respect Life, said a large crowd is expected at the march.
“We are returning our positive, uplifting message to the stage,” Grandon said. “A large contingent of people who are passionate about the dignity of life at every age and stage will come to celebrate. The Celebrate Life March brings a positive message—one of hope about the meaning of life and value of each and every person.”
Event organizers and speakers, including former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, will share the same message of support and loving care to women in need. Dynamic youth leader and evangelist Chris Stefanick, founder of Real Life Catholic, will also speak.
“This is not just about an isolated issue,” said Stefanick. “Being pro-life is a part of the joy of the Gospel: that we are created with a purpose; that God loves us, redeemed us, calls us to eternal glory. That’s the message that shows us that life is beautiful and worth living. We’re holding out more than a new piece of legislation. We’re offering hope.”
Thousands of youth, clergy and families are anticipated to gather in Denver for the event that begins with a youth rally at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, 1060 St. Francis Way, in Denver. Masses will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at various churches in Spanish and English. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, who will also be at the march, will celebrate 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Immaculate Conception. Following the youth rally and Masses, marchers will gather at the Capitol at 1 p.m. for a joyful rally and unified procession for life.
The schedule of events, along with parking information, is available online at liferockymountains.org. Those attending the youth rally and march are encouraged to share their experience of the march using the hashtag #celebratelife.
Office of Respect Life
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Denver
303-742-0828 ext. 1192; gro.revnedcc@efil