Hundreds of West Virginians Attend
Pro-Life Rally and Day at the Legislature
By Mary Anne Buchanan
What event brings together a governor, a
professional contemporary Christian music band, a cake big enough to
feed hundreds made by a state delegate’s wife, and, good or bad,
lots of media? Answer? The annual Pro-Life Rally and Day at the
Legislature in Charleston, West Virginia, sponsored by West
Virginians for Life (WVFL).
Members of the
Fayette County Chapter of West Virginians for Life lobbied
for the Utrasound Requirement Option bill (HB 4517, SB 597)
during the Pro-Life Rally and Day at the Legislature at the
state Capitol in Charleston, WV on February 18.
Despite the inclement weather, this
event drew hundreds to the state capitol on February 18. Every year
during the 60-day legislative session, the four-hour event is
designed to be a show of support to West Virginia pro-life
legislators and a way to help get pro-life laws passed—in
particular, an Ultrasound Option Requirement.
For county chapter leaders from around
the state, the gathering meant arriving an hour early to participate
in a Roundtable discussion complete with breakfast, a networking
opportunity to find out who everyone else is and what other chapters
are doing as well as being uplifted by NRLC President Dr. Wanda
Franz and West Virginians for Life President Karen Cross. In the
past this part of the day has been hosted twice by pro-life Governor
Joe Manchin III in the governor’s mansion.
From 10:00 until 11:30 a.m. the agenda
included scheduled meetings with legislators, sitting in the
galleries of either the House or Senate, and, if prearranged,
introductions from the chamber floor by one’s pro-life legislator.
A half-hour Teen Rally emceed by West
Virginia Teens for Life President Christina Deal began at 11:30 a.m.
The Jason Lovins Band from Ashland, Kentucky, provided the music.
Additionally, lead singer Jason Lovins was the speaker for the Teen
He is living proof that God has a plan
for all of us. His mother was raped at the age of 15 but wouldn’t
abort. Jason shares this story because he is that baby grown up.
NRLC President Dr. Wanda Franz and WVFL
President Karen Cross spoke to the crowd, getting us excited about
the upcoming elections statewide and nationally. Dr. Franz reminded
the audience that pro-life Americans were able to defeat the Clinton
abortion agenda and that we can defeat the Obama abortion agenda if
we work hard, work together, and do everything with love.
What WVFL is seeking passage of this
session is an Ultrasound Requirement Option which would be the
perfect addition to an already previously passed Women’s Right to
Know Law. Impressively, roughly 50 pro-life lawmakers came to the
microphone to briefly address their constituents.
Since yellow pro-life t-shirts were
given out to the first 500 who registered onsite, each legislator
coming to the microphone witnessed a yellow sea of pro-lifers. What
a show of solidarity!
Following legislator introductions, an
offertory, music by the Jason Lovins Band, and an awesome rendition
of “God Bless America” by Frank Tettenburn, a Prayer Walk took place
as it does every year through the halls of the Capitol. Each carried
a cross to represent an aborted child.
The day had ended by 2:00 p.m., leaving
behind the hope and prayer that the Ultrasound Bill will make it
through the lengthy legislative process so that more West Virginia
mothers will choose life for their unborn children.