by Steven Ertelt
March 6, 2006
Annapolis, MD (LifeNews.com) — Maryland pro-life advocates gathered on Monday to rally against abortion at in the state’s capital city on the day the South Dakota governor signed into law the nation’s first attempt to ban abortions following the Roe v. Wade decision that allow virtually unlimited abortions in 1973.
Pro-life advocates said momentum was building in their favor with the appointment of two new justices to the Supreme Court who are likely to overturn Roe.
In fact, organizers expected a heavy turnout for the event, which is designed around the theme "Maryland without Roe."
"It’s looking more and more like America is a pro-life nation," said Douglas Stiegler, executive director of the Family Protection Lobby, one of the groups organizing the rally, told the Associated Press.
"It’s becoming more obvious that killing babies is not a good pastime," he added.
Ken Ong, administrative director for Maryland Right to Life, told AP his group is also energized.
"It’s a good time right now," he said, "with the stuff in the Supreme Court and all the other legislative things going on."
However, even if the nation’s high court overturns Roe, it will be up to each state to enact abortion bans and Maryland is one state where that would be a significantly uphill battle.
"We’ve got a lot of people here who don’t have a problem with killing a child in the process of being born," said Nancy Fortier, associate director for the Respect for Life Department of the Maryland Catholic Conference, told AP. "Maryland, I think, will be slow to wake up."
Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo, will be one of the keynote speakers and discuss the tragedy of his sister’s euthanasia death, one year ago this month.
Some of the groups organizing Monday’s pro-life march include the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Christian Coalition of Maryland, Knights of Columbus; Maryland Association of Families, and several county pro-life groups.
Related web sites:
Maryland pro-life march – https://www.MarylandMarchForLife.org