Pro-Life activists gather in Augusta for “Hands Around the Capitol”
AUGUSTA – More than 200 people gathered Saturday in Augusta for a solemn event marking and mourning the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the United States.
After gathering in the gym at St. Michael’s Parish, the group marched to the Maine State House where they encircled the capitol building and rang a bell 47 times, once for each year since the Roe v. Wade decision.
Among those in attendance were Pastor Bob Emrich, Bishop Robert Deeley, Hon. Karon Vachon, the executive director of the Maine Right to Life Committee and many others. Pro-life elected officials such as Rep. MaryAnn Kinney were present and addressed the crowd. Pro-life candidates Hon. Dale Crafts, Adrienne Bennett and Dr. Jay Allen were also present.
Pastor Bob Emrich spoke to the crowd about the many pro-life accomplishments of President Trump. Emrich also said more pro-life candidates need to step up and run for office.
Bishop Robert Deeley talked about the bill passed last year to provide taxpayer funded abortions in Maine and how he was disappointed in Governor Janet Mills’ extreme position.
Maine’s government has taken a distinctly sharper turn against the beliefs of those in attendance in the past year, passing several bills relaxing abortion restrictions and providing taxpayer funding for abortions as well as passing a law legalizing physician assisted suicide.
Since the Roe v. Wade decision, Maine Right to Life says more than 59 million abortions have been performed in the United States. Maine Right to Life advocates for the sanctity of all human life and works to promote positive alternatives to abortion, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.