Pro-lifers rally at state capitol to attend second annual “Virginia Stands for Life Rally”

 

 Several groups participated in the success of the rally event. (Right to Left) Olivia Gans Turner, Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) President, Lila Rose of Live Action, Victoria Cobb, President of the Family Foundation,  and Virginia Podboy, the Virginia Catholic Conference.

Several groups participated in the success of the rally event. (Right to Left) Olivia Gans Turner, Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) President, Victoria Cobb, President of the Family Foundation, Lila Rose of Live Action, and Virginia Podboy, the Virginia Catholic Conference.

Several hundred pro-life Virginians, wearing “Abortion Hurts!” stickers and pink and blue scarves to represent the lives lost, braved frigid temperatures to attend the second annual “Virginia Stands for Life Rally” in Richmond. Unusually cold weather didn’t stop folks coming from all corners of the Commonwealth–from Roanoke to Virginia Beach, Fairfax to Danville–to witness for the unborn, the elderly, and those with disabilities.

The Wednesday Rally, which was being held on the opening day of the Virginia General Assembly, was designed as an opportunity to encourage Virginia’s state lawmakers of the importance to continue to pass protective laws in the face of great opposition from pro-abortion groups as well as incoming pro-abortion Governor-elect, Terry McAuliffe.

The rally was also meant to serve as a reminder of the tragedy of the Roe v. Wade decision whose 41st anniversary is January 22.

VSHL board members and staff. (Left to right): Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Allen, Mrs. Susan Valentine, Olivia Gans Turner, and Mrs. Maggie Disney.

VSHL board members and staff. (Left to right): Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Allen, Mrs. Susan Valentine, Olivia Gans Turner, and Mrs. Maggie Disney.

Pro-life Virginians understand that our success at passing protective laws is going to be under siege in this session of the General Assembly. NARAL has made the reversal of Virginia’s new ultrasound law its number one priority! Rally participants were asked to visit their representatives and ask them to defend that protective law as well as others, including the state’s new abortion facility regulations.

The rally was a unique event that was co-sponsors by almost twenty different groups and organizations, all of whom are committed to seeing pro-life laws passed.

Young Prolife leaders from Virginia's Universities were a wonderful part of the VSHL volunteer team at the rally.  Evan Marist, Zoey DiMauro, from  William and Mary and Lucy DiMauro, Virginia Tech are seen here with Olivia Gans Turner.

Young Prolife leaders from Virginia’s Universities were a wonderful part of the VSHL volunteer team at the rally. Evan Marist, Zoey DiMauro, from William and Mary and Lucy DiMauro, Virginia Tech are seen here with Olivia Gans Turner.

Virginia Society for Human Life President Olivia Gans Turner was the Mistress of Ceremonies and delivered the opening remarks. Mrs. Susan Null, President of the Association of Virginia Pregnancy Centers spoke to the crowd about the excellent and lifesaving work done by all the mother- helping centers across the Commonwealth. She was joined on stage by six of the state’s PRC directors.

After the rally, attendees were invited to walk up Richmond’s Capitol Hill to the General Assembly Building and visit the offices and members. For several hours afterwards the pink and blue scarves being worn by prolife rally goers could be seen all over the Capital buildings!

“True to form, brave pro-life folks came out in the cold,” Turner told National Right to Life News Today. “I was proud to serve as MC again and delighted to see our Pregnancy Center Directors out together with us! Lila Rose gave us a great keynote address and encouraged the crowd with her enthusiasm and spirit.’

Turner concluded, “There are no better people to stand in the cold with!”