Jan 27, 2009
Right to Life Groups March on D.C.
by Aubrey Blankenship
A busload of Liberty students joined a throng of hundreds of thousands on the mall in Washington D.C. last Thursday for the 36th annual March for Life. Held each year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the United States Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, the March for Life attracts pro-life supporters who wish to bring the pro-life message to their nation’s leaders.
“I think that today was not just about talking to a crowd of believers in pro-life, but to tell our new president, ‘Hey, our voices need to be heard too,’” freshman Hannah Hunt said.
On Pennsylvania Avenue a mother stood with a wide-eyed child on her hip holding a sign that read: “We babies love life.”
Decked in coats, hats and gloves, and holding signs and banners, people of all ages gathered in a city that two days before had welcomed a multitude celebrating change. This throng, too, wanted change. Yet, it wanted change that would stop an estimated 3,000 unborn infants from being killed each day.
“We need change now more than ever,” Pastor Luke Robinson of Frederick, Md. said in an address to the crowd. He quoted Mother Theresa in an admonition to fight for the life of each unborn infant. “It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish,” Robinson said.
The Liberty students who attended feel strongly that abortion is wrong and that they, as Christians, need to do something about it.
“Abortion is murder and God says ‘Thou shalt not kill,’” freshman John Talbert said. “I always wanted to do something like this, but I never really did before. This was the big one, so I was like, ‘Let’s do it.’ So I did.”
Excitement was thick as the body of people began to march from the Capitol to the Supreme Court Building.
“I chose to come today because I feel like we need to make a stand — not just with our words — but by actively doing something, even if it’s something as small as being a part of a crowd,” freshman Amanda Haas said. “It really did give me a sense of patriotism seeing that this is what America is about — all different people living in the country and fighting for what’s right.”
The pro-life marchers knew that they had their work cut out for them, as they expected President Barack Obama to push the pro-choice agenda. The day after the march, Obama reversed a Bush administration ban on providing federal money for international groups that perform or offer information about abortions.
Pro-life supporters, however, are not deterred. “There is hope,” Haas said. “We have the truth and we have the better argument. We just need to know how to voice it and get our voices heard. This is the crucial time.”
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