Yesterday morning we all got up bright and early at 4:30am to head out on a bus with our church for our first March for Life in Washington D.C. What an experience!
We got there around 10am and had time to walk around, see some sights and visit the Air and Space museum before it started.
It was pretty chilly at first but once everyone gathered it wasn't so bad. We were like a big group of penguins and were shielded nicely from the cold. :) I am not bothering posting pictures from the museum because the rally and the March were way more exciting.
I wish we could have gotten up higher and got a better picture of the crowds. There were over 250,000 people there but it's hard to capture that when you are in the thick of it.
We were able to squeeze our way up pretty close to the platform for the rally and so were able to get a pretty good view of the speakers. There were a lot this year.
Pastor Luke Quinn. Was he ever fired up! He gave the statistic that for every 100 live births in New York City, 60 end in abortion. By the far the worst city in America.
I thought this sign said it well.
That's exactly what it is. If you only knew America, that the abortion movement came out of the philosophy of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. This thinking led to the idea of eugenics, where people believed that some humans were less "evolved" than other humans and should be eliminated. Margaret Sanger, the founder of planned parenthood called blacks "...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." She also said, "More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." (Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12) The facts aren't pretty and if people only knew maybe they would be less likely to support this awful practice.
Chris Smith, representative from New Jersey (yay Jersey!) to the left applauding a woman from Slovakia who was bemoaning the state of her country which is experiencing a demographic winter; a declining population which leaves the country in a very sad state with less workers, less youth to care for the aging population and less income. We must not let this happen to America, she implored.
Rabbi Levin. He has been coming here for the last 32 years since this started. In 2010 he warned government officials that the coming election would prove what mattered to Americans and this past November we saw that was true. 90 percent of incoming freshman congressmen are pro-life!
Many of these representatives spoke. There were so many of them this year that the march got started an hour and a half later than it was supposed to. They were very fired up and passionate about the issue. They spoke about how the government needs to stop funding Planned Parenthood and how government paid abortions need to be taken out of the health care bill. Here's a great way to reduce government spending congress! Stop giving Planned Parenthood $350,000,000 per year, fully one third of their revenue. $350,000 per year goes to pay the CEO alone. Talk about reckless government spending.
After the rally the march got started. It was slow going with all those people but if we were going to be stuck in a mob that's one we didn't mind being stuck in. For a such a large gathering of people over an issue that people can be very passionate about it was quite peaceful. No one was angry, no one was yelling and I didn't see one sign of dissenters or hecklers.
Being stuck in the crowd also gave us time to take pictures of all the different signs.
...and all the different people.
I didn't get a good picture of them but there were also tons of youth there. I can't quote an exact statistic but I have heard that this current young generation is the most pro-life we have had, which is very encouraging for our future.
What wasn't so encouraging to me was seeing a huge lack of Protestant representation. There were many many Catholics there which is great, but we were very disappointed to see so few protestant/evangelicals. Our pastor said that he sent letters out to churches in our area letting them know about the event and that we had a bus available to take people down. He received hardly any response. This was after a tragic news story quietly broke in our city of Philadelphia about the abortionist Kermit Gosnell and his "house of horrors".
I also am disappointed to see very little coverage of the event on the news or the internet. What little is there refers to the "anti-choice" rally. (What I want to know is, who really is anti-choice here? Does the child have a choice?) Even Fox News gave poor coverage with a big part of the clip being given to an analyst who was upset that Republicans are wasting their time on social issues when we have bigger financial issues to worry about right now. Grace watched the clip with me this morning and she said, "What's wrong with them? If they want more money then they should let more people be born so they can get more tax money." I guess maybe she was listening to the woman from Slovakia.
President Obama refused to acknowledge the March but instead made a statement about the anniversary of Roe vs.Wade in which he said, "And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams."
So what does that mean? Let's not let those babies get in the way of our dreams and opportunities.
I'll let Mother Theresa speak to that one......
It was a long day but well worth it. The kids were troopers as usual and I believe this really impacted them. I know it impacted us more than I expected. I had to fight back the tears many many times.
Hopefully we can encourage others to go next year. So many of our christian activities are so self-focused with all our self-help books, conferences and seminars, and music and retail industry and it feels really good to get your eyes off yourself take a stand for those who have no voice.