Friday, January 22, 2016

The 2016 March for Life: Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand-in-Hand

           Despite an impending blizzard, tens of thousands of pro-lifers participated in the 43rd annual March for Life today in Washington, District of Columbia.  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 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 America, 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 Life. 

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.

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