About 100 people gathered in the pouring rain to protest abortion in front of a pregnancy center in Augusta on Saturday afternoon, marking the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court decision establishing a Constitutional right to abortion was passed in 1973. Since then, rallies have happened rain or shine on that day.
“How are we going to make good decisions in later in life if we aren’t given the chance?” said Father Scott Winchel, the parochial vicar of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. “The most important thing is life.”
People wielding signs and wooden crosses stood on the corner of Walton Way Extension, Scott Nixon Boulevard and Pleasant Home Road. Most were sharing umbrellas and covered in rain gear.
Don Small, of Augusta, said he thought a lot more people would have been there if it had not been raining so hard.
But, the ones who showed up were told it was not about hate, but education.
“This is so instructional,” said the Rev. Mike Freed, the pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church. “It’s about a mission.”
In past years, the rally took place in front of Planned Parenthood in downtown Augusta, but it was moved to the west Augusta offices of the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center, a Christian nonprofit that provides free pregnancy testing, parenting classes and post-abortion support groups.
The move is intended to direct attention to the resources available in the community, said Gary Garner, the leader of “pro-life” activities for the Alleluia Community.