Despite an impending blizzard, tens of thousands of pro-lifers participated in the 43rd annual March for Life today in
There are usually hundreds of thousands of attendees, as well as participants
in various rallies throughout the American Union for the right to life, but the
weather forced many to cancel their trips to the Washington, District
of Columbia United States capital.
The event has been held on every anniversary of the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court Decision, which overturned the anti-abortion laws that nearly every state in the
Union had, and the
companion Doe v. Wade case that
defined “health” so broadly as essentially to permit abortion on demand
throughout the entire term of a pregnancy.
This year’s theme was “Pro-life and pro-woman go hand-in-hand.” The emphasis was on the physical, emotional and spiritual harm abortion does to those women who do not chose life for their unborn children, as well as how abortion is contrary to true feminism.
Although there are still a million abortions performed in
that number represents a significant decrease from the peak of 1.6 million and
there has been a dramatic drop in the abortion rate. Pro-life legislation, better pregnancy
support, increased scientific knowledge, the revulsion over certain abortion
practices and the efforts of pro-life activists have contributed to the more
frequent choice for life. These factors
have also influenced public opinion, as polls suggest an increase of support
for the right to life and for restrictions on most abortions and opposition to
public funding of abortions. The polls
also suggest an increase in support for life among American youth, which is
reflected in their high proportionate participation in the annual March for
May these efforts for the right to life continue to succeed until life is the choice every mother makes for every child and the March for Life will no longer be necessary.