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West Virginians for Life’s Annual Pro-Life Rally Day brings pro-life faithful to state Capitol

by | Feb 21, 2019

By Mary Anne Buchanan, West Virginians for Life Program Director

L to R: WV Teens for Life President Margaret Deely, 1st place senior division essay winner Ava Anderson, 1st place junior division winner Abigail Roberts, 3rd place senior division winner Summer Barker and 2nd place senior division winner Savannah Fout

Thankful that only non-threatening snowflakes flitted, and no rain fell, the crowd of roughly 200 braved what felt like 25° for West Virginians for Life’s Annual Pro-Life Rally Day at the West Virginia Capitol Building in Charleston on February 18. Though parts of the events took place inside, the 1.25-hour main event was outdoors due to reconstruction continuing in the rotunda area.

The pro-life faithful are always invited to meet with their legislators during the morning before the session starts to encourage support for pro-life legislation. This year’s SB 624 is an Options in Living Wills bill that will pave the way for the Non-Discrimination in Involuntary Denial of Treatment Act (SB 307), the bill for which the group was originally lobbying. SB 624 should be coming out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and onto the Senate floor before moving to the House, hopefully this week.

When the Rally Day began at 11 a.m., State Senator Patricia Rucker recognized all the pro-lifers who had traveled from around the state by asking them to stand.

The noon Rally included appearances at the microphone by the West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, a stand-in for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, State Senator Rollan Roberts, and State Delegates Tom Bibby, Tom Fast, Kayla Kessinger, John Mandt, Eric Porterfield, S. Marshall Wilson, Evan Worrell and former Delegate John Overington. Overington had a 100% pro-life voting record over 34 years.

Also warning the crowd about the consequences of election voting was National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross. WVFL President Wanda Franz, Ph.D., brought folks up to speed on SB 624.

Mineral County’s Teresa Davy and Fayettelle Lucas await the start of the Rally

The first-place Teen Essay Contest winners in the senior and junior divisions read their winning entries.

Special music was provided by Jim Anderton and Frank Tettenburn.

Young and old alike were pleased to have made the trip and look forward to next year’s event already.

Categories: Pro-Lifers