Approximately 1,500 pro-lifers from across North Carolina gathered in Raleigh on January 15, for the annual Rally and March for Life. Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh gave brief remarks and the Invocation. The Knights of Columbus Color Guard presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Barbara Holt, President of North Carolina Right to Life, and the Mistress of Ceremonies Amy Huffman, Chairwoman of Alamance County Right to Life, alternated in reading greetings from United States Senator Richard Burr (R) and United States Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-2), Walter Jones (R-3), Virginia Foxx (R-5), Howard Coble (R-6), Mike McIntyre (D-7), Sue Myrick (R-9), Patrick McHenry (R-10), and Heath Shuler (D-11).
Wayne Cockfield, at-large Board Member of the National Right to Life Committee, spoke about the rationing aspects of the Obama Health Care law, that euthanasia is a threat to all of us, and about the slippery slope created by the legalization of abortion.
Wayne Cockfield, the featured speaker at the 2011 North Carolina RTL Rally for Life checks his notes prior to his compelling speech about the need to repeal Obama's Health Care Law.
"When our top priority, Abortion--Woman's Right to Know, becomes law it will save many thousands of unborn children from abortion every year in North Carolina," said Holt. "The unborn children and their mothers cannot afford to wait any longer for our state to pass such a law. The stage was set for its passage on November 2 and the time is now when the legislature convenes on January 26."
Alyse Player sang "Orphans of God," which was so appropriate to the purpose of the Rally. (You can watch Alyse's 2008 performance of the song at http://alyseplayer.com/videos. She also sang the song at the 2009 NRLC Convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina.)
Reverend Brent Tysinger, Pastor of Mount Pleasant Community Church of Trinity, gave the Benediction.
Immediately following the Rally, the March for Life commenced for an eight block march around the State Capitol, ending with refreshments at Sacred Heart Cathedral parking lot, where marchers were able to purchase CDs by Alyse Player (www.alyseplayer.com) and to get pro-life literature.
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