Among the several dozen marchers at the fifth annual Pastors' Protest Against Abortion Saturday was a mother of three who said she had considered aborting her first child eight years ago.
Anna Zogg's children accompanied her on the picket line that formed outside the Wasatch Women's Center at 3450 Highland Drive shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday."I considered abortion," Zogg said as she marched, "because I had a pact with a college roommate." The arrangement was that if one of the young women became pregnant, the other would help her through an abortion.
But Zogg said she realized that she couldn't go through with ending her pregnancy. "I didn't care how undeveloped it was, it was still a baby to me," she said.
Zogg said she has discussed her feelings about abortion with her children, including her 8-year-old daughter, who carried a sign Saturday that read, "I'm glad I'm alive."
"I told them I could have had an abortion and killed them because it would have been convenient for me," she said. Instead, Zogg said she told her children she turned to the Bible's declaration that life is sacred.
LeeAnn Cheeley, spokeswoman for the Salt Lake Christian Action Council, said the protest was to mark the pending births of children whose mothers recently had been talked out of having abortions.
Cheeley said two area women, one a teenager still living with her parents and the other a single woman living on her own, had examined literature handed out by protesters at the Utah Women's Health Center.
Pink and blue balloons were handed out to the marchers to commemorate the upcoming births, which are expected to occur in January and April. "We're celebrating," Cheeley said.
Both the pregnant women are eagerly anticipating the births of their babies, she said, adding that neither fully understands the physical or emotional consequences of an abortion.
The annual march was timed to coincide with the opening session of the U.S. Supreme Court and held outside the Women's Center, Cheeley said, because one of the doctors there has performed 750 abortions in a year's time.
"People have no idea abortions are going on here," Cheeley said. The center is normally closed on weekends, so no one was available for comment on the march.
The Supreme Court recently gave states more control over regulating abortions. The goal of the annual protest, which is similar to others held in cities across the country, is to end all abortions.