The temperature barely broke into double digits as people filled the State House plaza in Concord for a pro-life rally before the March for Life on January 17. This is January in New Hampshire, though, and more than 300 people had gathered by the time the rally began. Dozens more joined during the course of the march, and the post-march gathering at St. John the Evangelist church featured an overflow crowd.
The day’s events were organized by the New Hampshire Right to Life Committee, led by president Jane Cormier.
Jane Cormier (at mic) and Darlene Pawlik (at right) emceed the pro-life rally on State House plaza in Concord.
Ron DiStasio of the Knights of Columbus: “We’re here for a purpose. In comforting the afflicted, we can’t be afraid to stand up for the truth; don’t be afraid to afflict the comfortable.”
Pastor Garrett Lear has never missed a NH March for Life. He was badly injured in an auto collision on the way home from the 2014 march. “The Lord chose to keep me here.”
The view from behind: a city permit restricted the march to the sidewalk along the one-mile route from the State House to St. John the Evangelist church.
Bishop Peter Libasci of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester: “Life is sacred. We pray that our standing in faith will bring others to say ‘this [taking life], we will not do.'”
Bedford’s Rep. Linda Gould with NHRTL president Jane Cormier
Fifteen abortion advocates stood in front of the Concord Feminist Health Center as the march passed by.
More signs from the Feminist Health Center. Presumably, stopping the “war on women” doesn’t extend to protecting the female children aborted at the site.
Catherine Adair speaking after the NH march for life, January 2015
Catherine Adair: “I’m up here because I think the public witness is one of the most important things we do as pro-lifers.”
Jane Cormier: “Every human person is important. Pro-choice is nothing but a code word for abortion.”