CONCORD, N.H. — About 500 people took part in the March for Life in the capital city of Concord, New Hampshire, Saturday under a sunny sky and temperatures slightly below freezing, but moderate for a January afternoon in northern New England. The pro-life march is one of many held annually throughout the United States around the January 22 date of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton establishing abortion "rights" for women and forbidding the banning or significant limitations on the freshly minted abortion "rights" in any of the states or jurisdictions of the United States.
Following the march, which started at the State House, the demonstrators gathered at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a few blocks south of the Feminist Health Care Center, an abortuary located a short walk from the State House. The pro-lifers enjoyed fellowship and refreshments and heard pro-life speakers, including state Rep. Kathy Souza (R-Manchester), who gave an update on right-to-life legislation at the State House, including a ban on partial-birth abortion that passed last year over the veto of Governor John Lynch (D-Hopkinton), a Catholic who in 2009 signed into law the revision of marriage laws that make marriage officially a union of any two persons, thereby codifying same-sex marriage. Rep. Souza also remarked on a resolution, sponsored by state Rep. Candace Bouchard (D-Concord), to "celebrate" the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Bouchard made a point of saying she is a Catholic when she introduced the resolution at the State House.
Despite Bouchard's apostasy, the pro-life crowd appeared to be largely Catholic, with a few priests and other members of religious orders marching along with the laity, and with many participants praying the rosary aloud as they marched. Women appeared to outnumber men among the pro-lifers, many of them with small children marching alongside or being carried in their parents' arms or pushed in strollers.
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Photo: New Hampshire State House