Abortion foes form 'chain of life' Taneytown rally draws 200 people

October 05, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

About 200 people formed a "chain of life" along the sidewalks in Taneytown yesterday, many of them holding signs reading "Abortion Kills Children."

"I came to make a silent stand and a quiet protest," said Jackie Dietrich of Taneytown, who balanced her sign and a crutch to support her broken foot.

Jason Matos, 12, tried to tape a sign to his bike. He wanted to ride around his neighborhood in town and deliver the message.

"We don't believe in abortion no matter what the situation," said his mother, Ruth Matos, as she held her 4-year-old daughter Marie, who was born with a birth defect.

Beverly Layne, chairwoman of Carroll County Right to Life, organized the event, to mark Respect Life Sunday, with about 50 area churches. Vince Perticone said similar chains were scheduled to take place across the country. In Maryland, similar demonstrations were scheduled yesterday in Frederick, Emmitsburg and Hagerstown against the abortion rights question on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Pat and Ed McAdams, also of Taneytown, carried a picture of their 10-month-old grandson to the demonstration. "He was adopted, not aborted," said Mrs. McAdams. "We are pro-life and want to save lives any way we can."

"We are committed to the notion that any human being, in or out of the womb, is entitled to life," said Dennis Davis of Littlestown, Pa. "I hope the demonstration makes an impact. A lot of people have sold out to the philosophy that if you can't see a child in the womb, it's not a living being."

The Rev. Bruce Weaver, of Edgewood Church of the Brethren, said those who believe in the sanctity of life have to demonstrate that belief.

"This is a prayer, too," he said. "If we do nothing, what do we accomplish?"

Ann Ecker of New Windsor said she wondered how much good she and her husband, Marshall, were doing as they stood along Route 140 with their signs.

"I think most people's minds are made up on this issue," she said. "We are all accountable for what we do and don't do on this earth. We have to take a stand that life is precious."

Many motorists honked horns and showed thumbs-up signs of approval. Others looked straight ahead, avoiding eye contact with the demonstrators. A few shouted harsh words and made obscene gestures.

Children also carried signs beside their parents.

"Ladies don't want their babies and they kill them," said Caitrin McCarron, 8, who asked her father to bring her to the demonstration.

Jim McCarron, a Taneytown councilman, said he believes everyone must take a stand on the issue, which he said he has discussed with his four children.

"The choice for life is the best option and our responsibility doesn't stop with saving the child," he said. "We must make sure that a child has quality of life, too."

Patty LeFaivre, another Taneytown resident, said she has never forgotten the second-trimester abortion she saw as a student nurse.

"People who believe the lie that it's a glob of tissue and not a baby should see what I saw," she said.

"I am all for supporting the mother. We do that with help and encouragement, not with an abortion."

Connie Hoge of Westminster said she fears that euthanasia will be the next step if society allows unrestricted abortions.

"Ethically, if a person's worth is judged solely by what he contributes to society, what stops society from doing away with the mentally ill or convicted criminals?" she asked.

Myles Stanley saw the demonstration as a way to "turn the tide of misinformation.

"Abortion is a profit-oriented business and Maryland could become the abortion mecca of the country," he said. "Instead of selling abortion, why not offer information on services available in non-profit pregnancy care centers?"

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