January 18, 2007


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People for Life's annual Erie March & Motorcade for Life will take place this Saturday, January 20, 2007 to mark the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions (January 22, 1973) which instituted the current national policy of abortion for any reason during the entire 9 months of pregnancy.

The March & Motorcade will get underway from Perry Square in downtown Erie at 11:00 AM.

Marchers are asked to arrive about a half-hour early. They will be welcome to gather in the lobby of Gannon's Hammermill Auditorium (entrance on Peach Street) to stay warm. Gannon Students for Life will be on hand between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM to greet the marchers and provide hot drinks.

Parade marshals will begin staging the vehicles for the Motorcade at 10:30 AM. The vehicles will line up along the south side of North Park Row.

Marchers will assemble in Perry Square along South Park Row.

At 11:00 AM, the March & Motorcade will proceed south on State St. to 18th St., west to Peach St., north to 14th St., east to State St., then north on State St. and back to Perry Square, where there will be a brief Memorial Service at the Gazebo.

The March & Motorcade will pass by the American Women's Services (AWS) abortion facility twice: while proceeding south on State St. and again while proceeding north on Peach St.

The theme of this year's March & Motorcade will be The Pain of Abortion. Both a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard C. Casey (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York) connected with the current legal challenge to the federal ban on partial-birth abortions and the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, which received a majority vote (250-162) in the U.S. House of Representatives on December 6, 2006, document that preeminent experts in pain and fetal development / physiology are now certain that the human fetus experiences pain at least by 18 weeks after conception.

Second trimester abortions are normally accomplished by dismemberment of the living unborn child. AWS advertises "abortions to 24 weeks," and company representatives admit that late abortions are in fact being made available at the AWS branch here in Erie.

The pain - emotional pain - inflicted on women by abortion is also becoming well recognized, due primarily to the personal testimonies of countless numbers of American women who now regret having had an abortion.

The Memorial Service at the Gazebo will be jointly conducted by Rev. Greg Majchrzak, Pastor, Calvary Christian Center, Harborcreek, PA and Rev. Marc J. Solomon, St. Peter Cathedral, Erie. The children's "Kid's Club" of Calvary Christian Center will also be on hand to perform a dramatization in accompaniment to the song God Bless America.

The Memorial Service is expected to conclude by 12:30 PM.


Also in observance of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, People for Life sponsors an annual bus trip to the March for Life in Washington, DC. This year two full buses (110 people) will leave Erie from the St. George Church parking lot at 11:00 PM Sunday evening, January 21. The DC March for Life will take place on January 22.

Additional information on both events is available at


People for Life, established in 1973, is the Erie County affiliate of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation (Harrisburg, PA) and the National Right to Life Committee (Washington, DC). We are a community-based, nonpartisan, nonsectarian, and all-volunteer organization dedicated to protecting our fellow human beings from the primitive and violent "solutions" of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.