Thoughts on the March for Life

On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two decisions that wiped out all existing state laws limiting abortion and made it nearly impossible to enact any new abortion-limiting legislation.

Through its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the Court made abortion available to any woman for any reason at any point in her pregnancy. It also removed the abortion debate from the public forum.

Fast-forward to Jan. 22, 2007. On that day more than 100,000 people went to Washington in the cold and snow to give a voice to the voiceless in the annual March for Life. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), speaking at a conference before the march, said that this is by far the largest event in Washington each year. Not only that, but the attendees are overwhelmingly young. It is a true social movement that continues to grow as time goes by.

But where are the media reports? Where are the special interest stories? Where are the stories exposing the extensive and terrible impact of the loss of nearly 50,000,000 Americans over 34 years?

When a death-row inmate (Angel Diaz) received a lethal injection that took 19 minutes longer than expected and a second injection to cause death, there was a righteous media outcry. But where were those same reporters while Terri Schiavo was kept without food and water for 13 days, suffering terribly until she finally died of dehydration?

We receive daily reports of the number of soldiers killed in Iraq, but what about the 4,000 Americans killed each day in abortion facilities?

Abortion is an epidemic that is killing our youth, wounding our women, destroying our culture, and increasing violence in our towns. If you want to see a dedicated group of people who are truly trying to improve our culture for the better, especially for women and children, plan to attend the next March for Life on Jan. 22, 2008.

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