Braving snow and freezing temperatures, thousands of pro-lifers gathered yesterday in Washington's The Mall, preparing to make their annual pilgrimage to the steps of the Supreme Court. The march takes place on the day when abortion was made widely available across the US in 1973, following the infamous court decision of Roe v Wade.
EWTN provided live coverage of the event throughout the day and, despite the ice, it was evident that numbers were good and people were in great spirits. Although the numbers were down on last year's 500,000 estimate given the conditions.
One young man from Philapdelphia, when asked why he was in attendance, simply said: "I'm pro-life because my mum chose life." How simple yet incredibly true and poignant. As former President Ronald Reagan once famously said: "I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." These are the kind of quotes that perfectly sum up the pro-life cause. It's not getting wrapped up in varying definitions and muddying the waters to try and justify abortion as many people who are pro-abortion do. It is simply stating the facts as we see it. Straightforward, simplistic terminology and ideas that surely ring true for anyone interested in protecting life.
As the vast crowd made its way down to the Supreme Court, many were praying silently for the 56 million plus who have succumbed to the country's policy on abortion since 1973. 56 million wasted lives is just unthinkable, yet it is the reality that our society presents to us today.
Indeed, US President Barack Obama praised the Roe v Wade decision yesterday, presenting it "as an opportunity to fulfil dreams". This type of speak can only be described as abhorrent and frightening. To so lightly brush aside the lives of so many little ones is incomprehensible and does his credibility no good whatsoever, especially in a country that many claim is now pro-life (with a recent poll indicating 62% of Americans want a change in the law to restrict abortion).
The culture of death is on the way out. It is a slow process but people are finally responding to the call of God to protect His little ones. In a message from Pope Francis, read out by the Papal Nuncio at yesterday's event, the Pope urged the crowd to "speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves."
The world has had enough. It is now heeding this call and abortion is slowly being restricted across the globe. The young pro-lifers are on the march and they are not afraid to speak up. They are not afraid to be ridiculed, to be mocked, to be threatened with violence. Their cause is right and it is good.
Why this increase in momentum in the pro-life movement? Well, you have to remember that pro-lifers, despite the availability of abortion, have continued to give birth to their babies. Those babies have now grown up, and they have a voice.
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