January 12, 2013

Demonstrators mark Roe v. Wade anniversary

By CRAIG CROSBY Kennebec Journal

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Anti-abortion protesters cross Capitol Street as they march from the St. Michael School gymnasium to the State House during a Hands Around the Capitol event Saturday in Augusta.

Photos by Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

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Christina Biegeleisen, left, and her daughter Makayla Biegeleisen, 8, both of South Paris, hold signs on the east side of the Capitol building during a Hands Around the Capitol event Saturday at the State House in Augusta.

McCann-Tumidajski said improved technology, particularly ultrasound, has been an important development in the cause of anti-abortion advocates.

"The modern marvel of science and technology have proven what we of faith already know, that life begins at conception," she said.

The Rev. Bob Emrich, a Baptist minister and board chairman of the Christian Civic League, is out of the country and was unable to attend the rally, McCann-Tumidajski said.

In a letter he submitted to have read at the rally, Emrich said a number of bills related to abortion rights will come before the Legislature this year, including one that would require parents to be notified before a juvenile has an abortion; one that would require abortion providers to give information on all available options, such as adoption, to all women seeking abortions; and a bill to deny public funds for Planned Parenthood programs that support abortions.

State Rep. Stacey Guerin, R-Glenburn, said there are a growing number of legislators who consider themselves anti-abortion and will support the bills. Guerin urged those gathered to encourage those lawmakers.

"Maine needs you and the babies need you," Guerin said. "I urge you to stay involved."

Susan Leighton, lobbyist for Maine Right to Life, echoed other speakers, who urged those in attendance to get behind efforts to support women who choose to go through with their pregnancies.

"Women deserve our support when their choice is life," Leighton said.

Daniels, quoting the creation account in the Book of Genesis in the Bible, said all life, regardless of age or ability, is sacred because it is a gift from God, who created men and women in his image.

"When human life is considered cheap or easily expendable in one area, eventually nothing is considered sacred and all lives are in jeopardy," Daniels said. "From conception to death and every minute in between it is God who gives us life."

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