Since before I went to the March for Life last week I knew I wanted to write a post about it. Sadly, it’s been a long time coming. But between classes, tests, and everything else, what’s a girl to do?
To start, the March was great. It was a peaceful, prayerful experience. It was also cold, but it was worth it.
I can’t fully comprehend just how much of an effect our marching had on our government and on our country. After 40 years we are still marching, we are still coming to D.C. every January in the cold, in the snow. We are not backing down. In fact, the estimates of the number of marchers were even higher this year than last year: about 500,000 people. It’s been 40 years since the Supreme Court of the United States handed down the Roe V. Wade decision. It’s been 39 years since the first March for Life. Every year since the very first anniversary of the decision prolifers from across the country have gathered in Washington D.C. to peacefully protest the injustice of abortion. In doing so we exercise at least 2 of our first amendment rights: the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
But are they listening? I don’t know. I think it is a sign that the prolife position is becoming more accepted that the March was indeed covered by the media. I had been told how the March for Life was something most news outlets actually avoid. And yet, this year I personally saw 2 newspaper articles about it. Maybe things are changing…
This was my first time at the March and it was a beautiful experience. Yes it was cold. I suppose the East Coast in January generally is. But it was worth it. I gathered with what probably amounted to half a million fellow pro-life people letting the government know just where we stand on this issue. We were overall a calm and orderly bunch of people marching on the Capitol.
People held signs, prayed, chanted pro-life sayings, and walked together in solidarity. I saw no one yelling or swearing. Graphic images were not used by a vast majority of those present. One of the signs people held was this one:
Its estimated 80% of those at the March for Life were under 20. The pro-life movement is young, alive, and not backing down. We will continue to pray, to counsel and provide help for women who are unexpectedly pregnant, to march and peacefully assemble to petition the government for the redress of the grievance of abortion.