Local group rallies in solidarity with March for Life

Staff report


As thousands of anti-abortion protesters rallied in Washington, D.C., Friday, a small group gathered outside the Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse to pray and protest current abortion laws.

“It’s been 45 years since the unjust law was approved, Roe v. Wade, where women can kill their unborn babies,” said Marti Runyan, secretary of Right to Life Mahoning County. She said her organization wants to see that 1973 Supreme Court ruling, which established abortion rights, overturned.

Runyan was among about 10 people who hoisted anti-abortion signs and prayed together.

“All life deserves the right to life,” said Susan Izzo.

Both women said they are encouraged by the conservative bent of the current U.S. Supreme Court and President Donald Trump’s administration.

“It’s a blessing,” Runyan said.

Trump spoke Friday in support of March for Life, which takes place each year on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. His White House Rose Garden speech was broadcast to participants.

“Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life,” Trump said, according to media reports.

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