Santa Maria’s LifeWalk 2023 in support of protecting life of the unborn will take place Sunday, Jan. 15 on the afternoon of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

Walkers will assemble at 2:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria City Hall courtyard at Broadway and Cook for an opening program that will include prayers from local pastors and worship songs.

Next, walkers will follow a half-mile route to an assembly area across Chapel Street from the Planned Parenthood building for additional songs, prayers, and closing comments.

“This year’s walk comes at a time of historic rejoicing for the pro-life movement,” said Jon Lindgren, president of Right to Life of the Central Coast, the event sponsor.

It will be the first walk since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that mandated legalization of abortion nationwide.

LifeWalk 2023 “is going to be a celebration that lives are being saved” because of the Dobbs decision, Lindgren said.

Lindgren said the walk is vital to show support for protecting unborn babies and caring for their mothers, because California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state government are promoting some of the most extreme pro-abortion laws in the country.

Following the walk, participants are invited to a reception at the CareNet Pregnancy & Resource Center, 201 S. Miller St., Ste. 102.

CareNet provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, prenatal and parental counseling, baby and maternal supplies, and support for those who have had an abortion. All services are free.