At least 100 people march through Franklin to promote sanctity of life

About 100 people participated in a march to show support for the sanctity of life on Saturday, May 4. After leaving from Angel Medical Center the group stopped at the Macon County courthouse. Photos by Deena Bouknight

 Deena C. Bouknight, Contributing Writer 

Despite a weather forecast of looming storms, rain held off for the morning of May 4th long enough for about 100 people to march from Angel Medical Center up Main Street to the Macon County courthouse and finally to Franklin High School. The goal was not to condemn women who have had abortions, pointed out marcher Marie Hribar, but to “raise awareness of the sanctity of human life.” 

Pastor Greg Bartram of House of Hope in Otto prayed before the march began: “Let us be one of the voices of the innocent and unborn in Macon County.” 

Marchers carried signs conveying “Adoption: The Loving Option,” and “Life: the 1st Inalienable Right.” 

Angelica Childs, 26, learned about the march from Darlene Keller, minister at Son Rise Ministries on Depot Street. “Each of us woke up this morning,” pointed out Childs. “We need to remember that the Lord knit us together. Children have souls … they’re a treasure.” 

Added Hribar, “There are so many families who want to adopt. We need to support women who become pregnant and don’t feel like they want to or can’t keep their babies. My mother was so poor, and she told me she thought about getting an abortion because she was afraid to have me – but she said she was so thankful that she didn’t.”

At the courthouse, Rev. Dr. David Ramsey, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Franklin, spoke to the crowd, explaining that he had been a family physician for 35 years, delivering nearly 600 babies. He retired early to become a permanent deacon for the Catholic Church. He said that while he was an intern in 1976, after just having taken the Geneva Oath, which stated then, “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception …,” he was told to perform abortions, which had become legal through Roe vs. Wade. He refused. “I have been pro-life my entire medical career.”

Rev. Dr. Ramsey, who has attended at least 10 March for Life marches in Washington, D.C, said, “This doesn’t just involve people of faith. It involves everyone on the planet. If we don’t have life, we don’t exist. We call ourselves a civilized country, but we are one of only a few countries that allow abortions at the time of birth. In 2015 in New York City, there were 345 murders, but there were 1,500 late-term abortions.” 

Sen. Jim Davis (Rep./District 50) also spoke to those in attendance at the march. He shared that he has an adopted son, age 42. “I appreciate the love his birth mother showed by carrying him to term. I am forever grateful to her.”

Sen. Davis provided an update on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, which is North Carolina legislation that would have required doctors to try to preserve the life of any infant born alive during an attempted abortion. The legislation was passed in both the Senate and the House. However, Sen. Davis explained that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the bill in late April. He said that even though the majority of North Carolinians support the bill, the governor does not. A few days after Gov. Cooper vetoed the Senate- and House-supported bill, the Senate voted to overturn Gov. Cooper’s veto. Now the House must also vote to override the veto, informed Sen. Davis. 

“I’m a strong supporter of life,” he said in front of the courthouse. “People need to keep legislators’ feet to the fire and hold them accountable. That’s where laws are made.” 

He ended his speech to the crowd by asking them for prayer. “Keep [legislators] in your prayers. We wrestle … we need the wisdom of Solomon.”