Voices for the Voiceless March for Life
- Category: U.S.
- Published on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 19:44
- Written by Russ Jones
Washington, DC—The winter storm that hit the mid-Atlantic did not stop throngs of pro-lifers from taking their annual trek to Washington, D.C., to remember the 56 million babies who have died since Roe v. Wade was decided on January 23, 1973.
“America chose the wrong path of history in 1973, when seven Justices of the Supreme Court voted for abortion,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The right to life is the right of all rights, without which no other right has meaning. We must protect innocent children from such a brutal death, and we must lift up women and mothers who are created in the image of God. Abortion concerns and affects everyone,” said Staver.
The theme of this year's event is adoption. "Adoption is a heroic decision for pregnant mothers who find themselves in a difficult situation," says JeanneMonahan, March for Life President. "We want to eliminate the stigma of adoption and encourage women to pursue this noble option." This year will mark the 41stMarch for Life in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people participated in the March in 2013, and crowds are expected to keep growing, no matter the weather, as young people from around the country participate.
In 2013 there were 87 abortion clinics closed, a record number since 1973. This year several abortion clinics have already closed. More and more pro-life legislation is being passed by the state legislatures. “I believe we will see the return of a culture of life, where the preborn are protected,” said Staver.
This year’s March for Life theme is Adoption. Sadly, for every one baby that is adopted in the United States every year, another 61 are aborted.
“Unplanned does not mean unlovable,” Staver said. “No story is dearer than an adoption story where a heroic mother gives the ultimate gift and a loving family emerges. Liberty Counsel encourages women facing a crisis pregnancy to choose life, choose adoption,” Staver concluded.
Liberty Counsel partnered with other pro-life organizations, including Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of the reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting, to launch the pro-lifewebsite www.LifeUnited.org.
Some groups have held prolife events in advance of March for Life day.
Approximately 2,000 people gathered in Chicago's Loop on Sunday, January 19, to proclaim the sanctity of human life and call for the overturn of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The 9th annual March for Life Chicago drew pro-life citizens of all ages to participate in the rallies at Federal Plaza and the James R. Thompson Center and hear from Francis Cardinal George, Congressmen Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Peter Roskam (R-IL), and others.
George, Archbishop of Chicago, encouraged the crowd to continue standing up for the sanctity of life, saying that change is possible, even after a long struggle, as exhibited by the U.S. civil rights movement.