For more than 40 years, Marylanders have gathered in the streets of Annapolis to march for life, and this year, hundreds gathered on Feb. 24 for the annual event.
Similar to the national March for Life, the Maryland March for Life seeks to address the state's stance on abortion and other important life issues, including rights for persons with disabilities and those facing the end of life.
"Maryland has some of the most permissive abortion laws in the United States, but there is hope because the cause of life is gaining momentum here," said Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, which participated in the event and advocates for all life in Maryland. "For the last several years, advocates have successfully defeated efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide, have passed stronger laws to protect pregnant women from violence, and continue to fight for the rights of pre-born children. The Church continues to advocate on behalf of all life — the poor, the sick, the unborn, the elderly, those seeking refuge in our country, and those with disabilities — and a day when Maryland values each human life with equal respect and dignity."
The March began with a mass and service at St. Mary's Parish in Annapolis before participants were scheduled to march up Main Street to near the State House, where they were to hold a rally.
To learn more about the Maryland March for Life visit: www.mdmarchforlife.com