AUGUSTA – Hundreds of Mainers marched through Augusta to the Maine State House to make their stance on abortion known .
Saturday morning more than 200 Mainers participated in the annual Hands around the Capitol event.
Organized by members of the Maine Right to Life Committee, the event marked 47 years since the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.
“Killing of the unborn needs to stop. Precious life is so precious. I have six children and 14 grandchildren and I love every one of them. I can’t imagine them not being here or ever being aborted. I am a pro-lifer 100 percent without exception,” said former state lawmaker Dale Crafts.
Pro-life activists gathered in St. Michael’s Parish Gym, marched down Sewall Street and then took to Capitol Street to send their message.
“Life is the most important right. If you don’t have the right to life, then all the other rights don’t matter. If you don’t have the right to life, then the right to choose doesn’t matter, the freedom of religion doesn’t matter. Life is the most important right that you can have,” said Jay Allen.
An activist rang the bell at the capitol 47 times and laid down 47 roses to mark the years that have passed since Roe v. Wade.
One of the One person who attended the event said everyone who participated had personal reasons to march, including herself.
“My mother at 20 had an abortion, my mother after that, gave her second child up for adoption. The third time she decided to have me, I’m a miracle to be here and I’m proud to march here on our capitol for the right for life,” said Adrienne Bennett, who is a Republican candidate in the Maine 2nd Congressional District race.