Hundreds gathered at the annual Maine Right To Life Hands Around The Capitol event in Augusta Saturday, January 12. It was the 40th year since Roe v Wade was enacted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The bell outside the Capitol rang 40 times, and 40 long-stem roses were placed at the bell as participants joined hands and encircled the Capitol Building mourning the loss of all the babies.
Jan Pinkham, Penny Morrell and Renee Fortin of the Maine Apostolic Prayer Network
Teresa McCann-Tumidajski, Executive Director of Maine Right to Life, and Carl Maddaleni of the Vitae Society reported astounding statistics of the drop in abortions in Maine, a closed abortion facility in Maine, the defunding of thousands of dollars to Family Planning in our state budget, effective costly television advertising and many young people hitting the website for information helping them make the decision not to have an abortion.
Also reported was the legislative agenda supported by Concerned Women for America of Maine, the Christian Civic League of Maine and Maine Right to Life. It includes parental notification, informed consent for women and a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed.
The Honorable Stacey Guerin from Representative District 22 in Glenburn spoke of the necessity for prayer for all Maine Legislators and particularly for those who are pro-life as she is. She and her husband have their own private business, and she home-schooled their five boys. She appreciates the prayer caucus held in the Capitol on Tuesday mornings and encouraged the audience to run for office or help their pro-life candidates get elected.
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator Jan Pinkham enrolling visitors in the EAL program
Rep. Guerin thanked CWA for the Encourage-A-Legislator program when she spoke with CWA women at the open house held at the Christian Civic League as part of the event.