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Shelly Ortbals, left, and her 2-year-old son, David, of Russellville make their way into the Capitol building Saturday among others taking part on the Pro-Life March held in Jefferson City.

Shelly Ortbals, left, and her 2-year-old son, David, of Russellville make their way into the Capitol building Saturday among others taking part on the Pro-Life March held in Jefferson City. Photo by Shaun Zimmerman.

Pro-life supporters filled the Missouri Capitol Rotunda on Saturday morning for the 2013 Midwest March for Life.

Occurring nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade — a court ruling establishing a right to abortion on Jan. 22, 1973 — the Midwest March for Life promoted an end to abortion.

The event began at the Governor’s Mansion, where supporters clutching pro-life signs proceeded to High Street to march to the Capitol.

At the Capitol, the event included speakers from various pro-life organizations across Missouri and testimonies from Silent No More Awareness, an organization that reaches out to women and men who have been hurt by abortion.

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