AUGUSTA- Maine Right to Life held its annual “Hands Around the Capitol” memorial.
According to Executive Director of Maine Right to Life, Teresa McCann-Tumidajski it’s the largest pro-life gathering in the state.
The bell outside the statehouse tolled 46 times.
Once for each year that’s passed since the enactment of Roe v. Wade.
“We are here to publicly mourn and recognize the passage of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion on demand in our nation” McCann-Tumidajski told us.
Hundreds gathered at St. Michael’s parish before marching to the capitol building.
Speakers from the pro-life community, including former Congressman Bruce Poliquin and State Sen. Jim Hamper spoke about the value of life and the future of the state.
“We’re destroying our new Mainers,” Hamper said. “There’s all sorts of talk in the statehouse about new Mainers and attracting new Mainers. What could be more new than a child?”
Temperatures in the low teens didn’t stop anyone from participating.
Holding signs that say “stop abortion” and “take my hand, not my life,” they took to the street with a message important to them.
“It’s pretty cold out for sure, but we’re warming hearts to the issue of life is worth saving,” State Sen. Stacey Guerin encouraged.
Randolph resident Chrisopher Coughan was one of many in attendance.
“It’s unbelievable potential that our country has lost and that’s why it’s important that we’re here today,” he said.