County Abortion Foes To Join March On State House

January 09, 1991|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff writer

Countians will join a rally and candlelight march to the State Housein Annapolis Monday to support anti-abortion legislation.

"We're asking all pro-life countians to show our new senator and delegates how we feel about the abortion bills they will be voting on," said PatFisher of Finksburg.

Marchers will leave Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at 6:30 p.m. and proceed to the State House, where legislators who oppose abortion will present abortion bills for this session.

Participants also will hear speeches, sing and pray, said Maria DeCesare, a counselorfor Birthright, a Westminster organization that counsels pregnant women in non-abortion options.

The anti-abortion groups Family Protection Lobby, Maryland Right to Life and Concerned Women for America have sponsored at least one march every session for about the last eight years, she said.

"We've had a very good turnout at the march inthe past," DeCesare said. "Last year, we had three marches scatteredover the legislative session."

Marchers are expected from St. John's, St. Bartholomew's and St. Joseph's Catholic churches, as well asthe Church of the Open Door and several other congregations, she said.

"Several car-loads are coming from St. John's, and I think the Church of the Open Door is going to have a bus or two," she said. "These are the people that have gone in the past."

March participantssay Carroll's only legislators who support abortion rights are Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, and Delegate Lawrence A. LaMotte, D-Carroll, Baltimore.

"Delegates (Richard N.) Dixon and (Richard C.) Matthews and (Donald B.) Elliott respect the life of the unborn," said DeCesare. "So does Mr. (Larry E.) Haines."

"Carroll County is definitely a pro-life county," said Fisher, saying that the last election proved it.

But abortion opponents said most legislators support abortion rights.

"We've lost some of our pro-life legislators, so I'm kind of leery about it," said Bruce Weaver, pastor of the Edgewood Church of the Brethren. "That's why I would go out in the cold of winter and march, not because of fun and exercise."

But county opponents of abortion say they still have a chance.

Legislators who oppose abortion say they will not allow the issue to be rushed through the General Assembly, said DeCesare.

Abortion opponents also will participate Jan. 22 in an annual march on Washington to recognize the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.

Participants from across the country will meet on the Mall at noon and march down Constitution Avenue to the Capitol and the Supreme Court.

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