NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — They gathered by the dozens Monday afternoon, as they’ve done every year for decades on this anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, affirming abortion rights for women in America. They faithfully march to show their disagreement with all abortions.
“To educate the country as to the preciousness of life,” said Carolyn Falcigno, one of the organizers of the event. “That every life is meant to be fulfilled.”
Christel Ruppert drove all the way in from Easton, with her infant daughter Eliana, to join the protest. The group gathered in front of St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven.
“Just like my daughter, she’s eight and a half months old, doesn’t have a voice yet to speak out,” Ruppert said. “I believe it’s the same for those who are unborn. They don’t have a voice, but they’re just as important, just as valuable and also have a purpose.”
All protesters marched against abortion in general, but some singled out Planned Parenthood in particular. The organization is supported mostly by federal dollars, but those federal dollars are prohibited by law for use on abortions.
“For many of our patients we are the only healthcare provider they will see all year,” Southern New England Planned Parenthood President and CEO Judy Tabar told News 8 earlier this month. “So, this is just basic healthcare that they absolutely need. It’s critical.”
After making their way to downtown, marchers wrapped up with prayer in front of New Haven City Hall. This is all ahead of a far bigger march planned for Friday in Washington, D.C.