11 January 2013

I will be marching for Life. Will you?

Washington, D.C. will be quite a busy place in two weeks' time, what with the second inauguration of President Obama (on January 21st) and the 40th March for Life (on January 25th) taking place in the same week.

I will be part of a 4-bus pilgrimage from the southern half of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. I know of at least four other busses from the Diocese that will make long drive through the night, as well. Historically, our Diocese has been well represented at the March for Life for the past twenty years, or so, especially with the number of our young people in attendance.

In preparation for this 40th March for Life in protest of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Woe that legalized abortion, Black Stone Films has produced an excellent promotional video titled, "A Nation Rises - March for Life." The video makes of President Obama's words following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:

The Washington Examiner expects the number of pilgrims in support of the unborn to rival the number of President Obama's supporters:
The march, expected to attract tens of thousands more than the record 400,000 two years ago, could rival President Obama's Inauguration Day crowd, propelled by the growing youth support of efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, which the president has embraced with open arms. Obama drew 1.8 million in 2009. Just 600,000 are expected January 21st.
Despite the record number of Pro-Life supporters last year, the main stream media purposefully ignored the March for Life, as it has the past several years.  At most, a story might be run on those protesting against the March for Life, which never actually count more than a dozen people (unless have a special hiding place), but the media makes their numbers look considerably larger.  I expect more of the same this year.

I have been marching for Life in Washington, D.C. since my time in college. Though I haven't been able to go every year, I have noticed a growing number of participants as the years have progressed, and the number of young people marching with joy and fervor is simply astounding.

Time Magazine recently noted this fact with a front-page story titled, "They've been losing ever since," the "losers" being the abortion industry. The New York Times is also concerned about what it calls, very professionally, I might add, "crazy new rules that make it impossible for them operate."

And all of this when Planned Parenthood reports a record number of abortions performed in its "clinics." In the fiscal year 2011-2012, Planned Parenthood killed 333,964 babies. And let's not forget that in the same year Planned Parenthood received a record amount of tax-payer money totalling $542,000,000.

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