This year’s March for Life marked the 41st anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in the famed ‘Roe v. Wade’ case that affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion.
The march rolled through the nation’s snow-covered, bitterly cold capital Wednesday with thousands of hardy souls chanting, marching and listening to speakers press their case against abortion rights. “We may be freezing, but we are freezing for the best cause in the world,” Patrick Kelly, chairman of the march, said to loud applause on the National Mall. The great numbers of young people were astounding. Marchers chanted as they marched: “Hey, hey, ho, ho, abortion has got to go,” and “We love babies, yes we do, we love babies, how about you?!” The weather did shut out many participants expecting to fly into Washington. It also stopped some D.C.–bound tour buses.
A true model of faithful action can be seen in the Annual March for Life which has been occurring for 41 years on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Participants convened in Washington, D.C. several days ahead of the march to perform their priestly duty, holding prayer vigils and conduct mass in several areas of the nation’s capital. Tuesday, many marchers conducted a human “Memorial-Die-In” outside the White House representing unborn fetus’ that have died.
On Wednesday they marched from the White House to the U. S. Supreme Court, upholding the pro-life message and demonstrating their opposition to abortion. The religious leaders of this great movement held political press conferences to address government leaders and educate the general public on the vital biblical message of re-establishing a pro-life culture, not a culture of death, in our society. Similar rallies were being conducted simultaneously across the country and the sanctity of life message is reinforced all year long by numerous anti-abortion movements.
Proactive movements such as this are certainly an invitation to standup and be counted for Jesus Christ. Typically, 250,000 Catholics, Pentecostals and Evangelicals come to Washington, D. C. during January in the frigid cold weather to conduct the annual March for Pro-Life–about half are youth. They are united and agree in the same basic fundamental doctrines of the Church establishment. Even though they may differ over techniques and other superficial things, Christians must unite and work together by emphasizing areas of agreement. When this happens, the Church becomes a supernaturally powerful force.
New changes for the pro-life agenda include beefing up its Washington office with a full-time lobbyist and social media manager who will reach out to evangelicals, a big and politically active constituency. The focus this year will be combating the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which requires most companies to provide free contraceptive coverage to employees. Abortion opponents say that some covered services are tantamount to abortion. Through Dr. James Dobson and other speakers, the march promoted the idea of “noble adoption” as an alternative to abortion. The spotlight on adoption dovetails with new focus within the anti-abortion movement on crisis pregnancy centers, which urge women to carry their pregnancy to term.
Every genuine move of God throughout history has resulted when men and women pray and fearlessly act in faith. This is the essence of the “salt and light” message for the Church. Activists within the Church become a model of the Kingly role for the believer and fervent, effectual prayer assures the Hand of God might be moved to open the iron gates and set captives free (Isaiah 45:1-3).
Article by: Ruth Schofield
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