YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A “Mass for Life” was held Friday afternoon in Youngstown, followed by a “Local Observance of Roe v. Wade” prayer vigil.
It has been nearly half a century since the United States Supreme Court ruled the Constitution protects a woman’s right to have an abortion.
The Mass was part of three diocesan Masses for Life in January. The first was held last Saturday and the third will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral.
At each Mass, expectant mothers, fathers and their families are invited to receive a blessing for their unborn babies.
After the Mass, a couple dozen people gathered outside the Federal Bankruptcy Courthouse to protest the decision made 48 years ago this month.
Among the group were students from Walsh University in Canton who decided against traveling to Washington, D.C. for national observances.
“We’re only an hour away from here and to teach our students that it’s important to get involved locally, not just to hop on a bus and go to a distant place, but to get involved locally with the things that matter to us,” said student Ben Walther.
The vigil was organized by the “Right to Life Mahoning County” group.