By Mary Anne Buchanan. WVFL Communications Director
Supporters of West Virginians for Life (WVFL) will gather at the Capitol on Monday, February 24, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for annual Pro-Life Rally Day. The main event, a rally, will be at noon outdoors on the north steps (bell side) of the Capitol.
Governor Jim Justice is tentatively scheduled to address the crowd. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Secretary of State Mac Warner are confirmed.
West Virginians for Life will be celebrating continued success of the Born-Alive Bill, HB 4007, whose lead sponsors are Delegate Ruth Rowan in the House and Senator Patricia Rucker in the Senate. WVFL hopes that final passage will occur before the Rally on Monday. Governor Justice will sign the bill when it finally gets to his desk.
“Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” petitions will be presented.
Bishop Mark Brennan of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese will give the invocation, while Pastor Jamie Estep of Elkins Family Worship Center will pronounce the benediction.
National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross will speak as will WVFL President Wanda Franz, Ph.D. Additionally, Mary Tillman, legislative coordinator for the WV Alliance for Ethical Health Care,will address the Options in Living Wills Bill. Pro-life legislators will be introduced.
Other highlights include special music from Frank Tettenburn plus the annual Prayer Processional at 11:30 just prior to the Rally with walkers carrying crosses.