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March for Life

Real life has kept me away from the computer for a few days, but I've put up a brief report on the March for Life here. It was truly an inspiring experience to walk with hundreds of thousands of people in solidarity with the unborn and all of those who are vulnerable to the Culture of Death.

What struck me most was the sheer youth of the marchers. This throng of hundreds of thousands of marchers was predominantly people under the age of thirty. They were joyful, enthusiastic, and uncompromisingly committed to the sanctity of human life. The supporters of abortion took notice.

The Washington Post sent a pro-abortion columnist Robert McCarntney to cover the March for Life. His response is interesting. Here is a snippet, but do read his whole report. Then take heart and keep fighting for the Culture of Life.

I went to the March for Life rally Friday on the Mall expecting to write about its irrelevance. Isn't it quaint, I thought, that these abortion protesters show up each year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, even though the decision still stands after 37 years. What's more, with a Democrat in the White House likely to appoint justices who support abortion rights, surely the Supreme Court isn't going to overturn Roe in the foreseeable future.

How wrong I was. The antiabortion movement feels it's gaining strength, even if it's not yet ready to predict ultimate triumph, and Roe supporters (including me) are justifiably nervous.

As always, we in Washington enjoy an up-close view of the health of various causes because of the city's role as the nation's most important setting for political demonstrations. In this case, I was especially struck by the large number of young people among the tens of thousands at the march. It suggests that the battle over abortion will endure for a long time to come.

"We are the pro-life generation," said signs carried by the crowd, about half its members appearing to be younger than 30. There were numerous large groups of teenagers, many bused in by Roman Catholic schools and youth groups. They and their adult leaders said the youths were taught from an early age to oppose abortion.


Rosemary Bogdan said…
It WAS encouraging, wasn't it, Denise. Too bad we were not able to meet there. It seemed like a larger crowd to me than last year. Full of hope.
Heide said…
Denise, Bernie pointed out that Wash. Post report to me. It was indeed hard to ignore the presence of so many young people--even for a Post reporter! Perhaps we are gaining some ground here.
RAnn said…
Personally, I think the youth is where the focus of the pro-life movement should be. I read at Nunblog: that it is estimated that 43% of American women have had an abortion. If that number is anywhere near correct, I think that the chance of abortion being outlawed in any significant way in much of the country is practically nil. We should focus our efforts on making sure this generation of young women never want to have one.

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