Midwest March For Life

Saturday January 30th, 2016 – Jefferson City Missouri

Midwest March for Life

Saturday January 30th
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Exhibit Hall: Life Affirming Booths and Vendors
10:00 AM – March begins at St. Peter’s Church
10:30 AM – Rally at Capitol Rotunda

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Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood…

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Melissa Ohden

Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977.  Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving…

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Morning Activities

8:00 A.M. LIFE Runners will meet at the Capitol steps for walk/run

8:30 A.M. Rosary / Divine Mercy

8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Life Affirming Booths and Vendors open to public inside Selinger Center [216 Broadway Street]

9:00 A.M. Knights of Columbus arrive. Dress at Selinger Center downstairs prior to gathering for the March!


Partner Hotel ~ BEST WESTERN PLUS – Capital Inn

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1937 Christy Drive, Jefferson City (View Map)

Phone: 573-635-4175

Main Events

10:00 A.M. March begins at St. Peter’s Church

March will proceed North towards the river, past the Governor’s Mansion, proceed one block to Madison Street, turn right towards High St and High St to the Capitol. Approximately 3/4 of a mile.

10:30 A.M. Rally inside State Capitol 1st floor Rotunda

12:00 P.M. Lunch (Hot Dogs and Chili) available at Selinger Center – Donations Gratefully Accepted

2:00 P.M. Mass of the Holy Innocents presided by Bishop John Gaydos at St. Peters Parish


A municipal parking garage is located at:

200 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Missouri (View map.)

Missouri State Capitol

Rally at 10:45 AM

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St. Peter Catholic Church

March at 10:00 AM

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Staying the Night?  Get a special discounted rate when you mention Midwest March for Life.

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Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson

Former Planned Parenthood Director


Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis.

All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion.

She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist.

At that moment, the full realization of what abortion was and what she had dedicated her life to washed over Abby and a dramatic transformation took place. Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.

Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden

Abortion Survivor


Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977 (copies of her medical records that document the abortion meant to end her life can be viewed on this website’s picture page).

Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life and being born alive at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare. Melissa and her husband Ryan have a daughter, Olivia, whose birth at the same hospital where Melissa’s life was supposed to end, has significantly shaped Melissa’s ministry.

Melissa was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life and former Patron of Real Choices Australia.  She is the Founder and Director of For Olivia’s Sake, an organization which seeks to raise awareness of the intergenerational impact of abortion on men, women, children, families, and communities. The birth of Olivia, her first child, in 2008,who never would have existed if Melissa’s birthmother’s abortion would have succeeded in ending her life, prompted Melissa to create this organization that would positively raise awareness of the ripple effect of abortion across generations.









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