March for Life to be held in New Haven Jan. 23

NEW HAVEN >> The annual March for Life will take place in New Haven Monday, the day after the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized the right to abortion in this country.

The event will begin with a noon Mass at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave. Participants then will march and say prayers in front of the two Superior Court buildings, City Hall and the federal courthouse on Church Street. Refreshments will follow at St. Mary Church.

Organizer Mike Ferraro Jr. said Monday that the day was chosen so as not to interfere with Sunday Masses or with the national March for Life, which will be held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27.

“It’s a very peaceful march,” Ferraro said. “We want to make people aware these are babies that are alive. … They deserve to be born. To us it’s God’s gift.”

Roe v. Wade was decided 7-2 on Jan. 22, 1973. The landmark decision was written by Justice Harry Blackmun, legalizing abortion based on a right to privacy under the 14th Amendment.

For more information about the New Haven march, call Ferraro at 203-481-5027.