BY DOMINIQUE JOHNSON

On a windy Friday afternoon a few dozen people gathered on the steps of the state Capitol building in Juneau for “Rally for Life” three days before the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Roe V. Wade.

The event began in prayer led by Bishop Edward J. Burns, followed by a music performance by the St. Paul the Apostle worship group.

The first speaker at the Rally was State Senator Cathy Giessel of Anchorage. Giessel said “the most important thing of all to defeat this issue of abortion is to change people’s hearts” and that it is our job to work at changing the hearts of others, because “at the end of the day laws don’t really change people’s hearts, because if that was the case no one would steal or murder and if facts persuaded people no one would smoke.”

The former nurse practitioner and board member of a community pregnancy center in Anchorage concluded saying that we can use new technology to change hearts. The senator held back tears and said “I know that mothers’ and fathers’ hearts are changed when they see the ultrasound and realize that this is a living baby and this is their baby.”

As the winds continued the featured speaker, Camille Pauley, the co-founder and president of Healing the Culture in Washington state walked to the podium on the steps of the Capitol. She started her speech saying that pro-life supporters are people who stand up for what is right despite opposition and “there is no wrong time for us to stand up for the weak and vulnerable.”

Pauley continued by reciting the preamble of the Declaration of Independence and said “that too many people in our Country have forgotten what these words mean and we in the pro-life movement are called to witness to the original meaning of these words” and that the right to life isn’t only for the strong, healthy and politically powerful. She added that it is our duty to share this vision of life with the people of Alaska and the people of the world. Pauley concluded her speech saying “I’ve read the book and I know who wins in the final chapter, so stay strong and stay faithful in your work.”

The Rally for Life was organized by Alaskans for Life.