Los Angeles March for Life
History of the Los Angeles March for Life

John Costello, PGK

Members of the Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council 3148, have always been active in the Pro-Life movement. In the last 17 years, however, we've been active in fundraising for pro-life causes thanks to the direction of our Brother Charles Howe who passed away in 2012. Brother Howe's legacy has raised thousands of dollars for pro-life activities and through his efforts, connected the Van Nuys Council with the Pregnancy Counseling Center of Mission Hills.

Plans for the first March for Life started in May of 2003. Past Grand Knight John Riordan, Pro-life Chairman, Past Grand Knight John Costello and Julie Ball, Director of the Pregnancy Counseling Center started planning the March and through their efforts and the efforts of the members of the Van Nuys council the first annual March for Life was held in Los Angeles in March of 2004.

What is the purpose of the LA March for Life?

The purpose of the Los Angeles March for Life is to raise awareness. First, we want inform women struggling with this decision that there are real "choices" that exist other than taking of a precious life, that there are local organizations who will help them choose life. Secondly, we want people to become more aware of the sanctity of life. We see life from a Christian perspective, that God creates life and therefore it is a gift from God. Thirdly, we want the people in California, one of the most prodigious abortion states in the U.S., to know that there are those of us who do not agree with legalized abortion which has taken over 55 million innocent lives since 1973. People who have taken the stand to choose life.

The LA March for Life is a celebration of life, not a protest. We are a peaceful group who choose to embrace life, marching in solidarity and speaking for the voiceless children who have already suffered and standing in support of those who might be saved in the future.

This year's guest speakers are still to be determined.

Who can attend the March?

The LAMFL is a festive family event involving children, adolescents and adults. While the Knights of Columbus is a Catholic organization, this event is inclusive to those of all faiths. Anyone who believes that life is precious and supports saving the lives of the innocent children taken by abortion is welcome to participate.