Today was the 41st anniversary of the notorious Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions. Here in Maine we mark the Supreme Court fiats (“an exercise of raw judicial power”, as Justice Byron White said) the weekend before with a rally organized by Maine Right to Life called “Hands Around the Capitol.”
We started the day in prayer, appropriately, at St. Mary’s church in Augusta (as a sad reminder of the
|Gov. Paul Lepage|
Next, the event from which the rally takes its name. All the assembled marched down Sewall Street carrying red “Stop Abortion” signs, toward the State Capitol. Two banners led the way, one carried by Knights of Columbus, another by a group of college students. This year a couple came out of a sandwich shop along the way and applauded. It was appreciated: not all members of the public we encounter en route are so encouraging. At the State Capitol, as we formed a ring around the entire building and silently held hands, Fr. Joseph Daniels of the Diocese of Portland rang a replica of the Liberty Bell on the grounds 41 times, once for each year since Roe; pro-life state senator Stacey Guerin place a red rose under the bell each time it tolled. It was a solemn and moving conclusion, a fitting commemoration to one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history.
|Marchers on their way to the Capitol|
|Pro-life students at the State House|
|State Senator Stacey Guerin and Fr. Joseph Daniels|