Maryland March for Life is March 8

Citizens from across the state will show their support for the sanctity of life March 8, during the 31st annual Maryland March for Life in Annapolis.

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien will begin the event with a 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Mary in Annapolis, while Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Washington, will lead a nondenominational service at the same time in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s High School.

A march to the State House will depart from St. Mary at 6:30 p.m. and participants will rally at Lawyer’s Mall with pro-life lawmakers. Tracey Tiernan, host of a Christian radio show, will speak about the effects of abortion in her own life. Ellen Sauerbrey, a former Republican delegate from Baltimore County and a two-time gubernatorial nominee, will address the importance of electing pro-life lawmakers.

Deacon Richard “Monti” Montalto of St. Thomas Aquinas in Hampden, Maryland March for Life chair, said the march’s theme is “unite for life.”

“It’s a call for all pro-life organizations to join together in support of life from conception to natural death,” said Deacon Montalto. He noted that a variety of pro-life organizations, including public-policy groups and those that reach out to pregnant women, will be featured in an exhibition at St. Mary High School following the march. There will also be free food and music by local bands.

“The march brings people together so we form a network,” he said, “and as the network becomes more aware of the various partners, then we have an effective movement.”

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