2012-01-16 / Maine

Rallying for life

Saturday marked annual ‘Hands Around the Capitol’ anti-abortion event


GOV. PAUL LEPAGE, center, speaks with Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville, left, and his wife, Patty Davis, right, Saturday at an anti-abortion rally in Augusta, as part of the annual “Hands Around the Capitol Rally and March.” The rally and march to the state house is held each year to recognize the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision. 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GOV. PAUL LEPAGE, center, speaks with Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville, left, and his wife, Patty Davis, right, Saturday at an anti-abortion rally in Augusta, as part of the annual “Hands Around the Capitol Rally and March.” The rally and march to the state house is held each year to recognize the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUGUSTA (AP) — Anti-abortion activists gathered Saturday at Maine’s State House for the annual “Hands Around the Capitol” rally and march to recognize and mourn the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 39 years ago.

More than 250 people met at St. Mary of the Assumption church for a Roman Catholic Mass and prayer service Saturday morning before holding a rally at a nearby parish gymnasium. They then marched to the State House, where participants joined hands and encircled the building.

During the ceremony, a bell rang 39 times, once for each year since the Supreme Court legalized abortion with its Roe v. Wade decision.

Prominent anti-abortion leaders and a state legislator spoke at the rally, as did Gov. Paul LePage, who spoke briefly about friends and family and the importance of taking care of one another.

“It’s good we get together from time to time to care about life,” LePage said.

The event is Maine’s largest anti-abortion gathering and draws people from around the state, said Teresa McCann-Tumidajski, executive director of the Maine Right to Life Committee, which organizes the event.

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