By Tim Rogers
It was a blustery, cold Saturday afternoon at Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina. A group of nearly 800 or so warm-hearted supporters of life stood in the frigid temperatures and proclaimed the value of life, from conception to natural death.
After worship music from the praise band from Life Community Church of Greensboro, Dr. Bill Pincus, president of North Carolina Right to Life, started the proceedings with the presentation of the colors by the NC State Council of the Knights of Columbus, the pledge of allegiance, and national anthem. The spirit of unity and patriotism filled the air.
President Pincus then delivered his address and alerted the attendees of the upcoming, crucial legislation that could be introduced in the General Assembly. He noted the success in state- wide office races particularly that of the pro-life Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Paul Newby.
Then former congressman Mark Walker introduced the keynote speaker, our newly elected Lieutenant Governor, Mark Robinson. Mark Walker is an avid supporter of life and candidate for the US Senate seat from NC in 2022.
Lt. Gov. Robinson’s speech was one of the most inspiring attendees had ever heard as he boldly proclaimed his faith in Jesus and his support for life. He recognized that his very life would’ve been one that the pro-abortion lobby would’ve suggested should not have ever happened.
Born as the 9th of 10 children into a poor black family, facing many challenges growing up and yet as he put it “I’m not Lieutenant Governor because Mark Robinson is so good. I’m Lieutenant Governor because God is so good! “
He urged attendees to not stay silent or back off their support for life, claiming that our opponents “want us to do that … expect that. But I will NOT stay silent on this issue of abortion!”
His speech can be found at the following link. https://www.facebook.com/ncrighttolife/videos/526101218306144/
Following his speech, the attendees took part in a walk around the sidewalks of the Legislative Assembly Building, the governor’s mansion, and the State Capital, returning back to the plaza. The event was conducted in an entirely peaceful manner with no outbursts from any of the pro-abortion attendees, which were only four in number. This was a strong contrast from a year ago when the pro-abortion protestors chanted loudly over megaphones in an attempt to disrupt this peaceful gathering.
This strong stand for life, in the midst of our current cultureal and political climate, was an affirmation that we must continue to speak out and have our voices heard as we stand in the gap for those most innocent and defenseless, who cannot speak for themselves.