Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pro-lifers Crowd D.C., 40 Years Since Roe v. Wade

While mainstream media gave scant attention to "thousands of protesters," about half a million Americans (mostly young adults) crowded the streets of Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life rally to decry the 1973 Supreme Court decision that has allowed the slaughter of 55 million Americans at the hands of abortionists.

For background, read Liberals Lament: Pro-life Position Prevails and also read Pres. Obama Says Girls Need Abortion Rights for Equality as well as Jimmy Carter Says Democrats Wrong on Abortion

-- From "40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Thousands March to Oppose Abortion" by Ashley Parker, New York Times 1/25/13

Three days after the 40th anniversary of the decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, tens of thousands of abortion opponents from around the country came to the National Mall on Friday for the annual March for Life rally, which culminated in a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court building.

On a gray morning when the temperature was well below freezing, the crowd pressed in close against the stage to hear more than a dozen speakers, who included Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council; Representative Diane Black, Republican of Tennessee, who recently introduced legislation to withhold financing from Planned Parenthood, and Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky; Cardinal Se├ín Patrick O’Malley of Boston; and Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania and Republican presidential candidate.

The crowd was dotted with large banners, many bearing the names of the attendees’ home states and churches and colleges. Gary Storey, 36, stood holding a handmade sign that read “I was adopted. Thanks Mom for my life.” Next to him stood his adoptive mother, Ellen Storey, 66, who held her own handmade sign with a picture of her six children and the words “To the mothers of our four adopted children, ‘Thank You’ for their lives.”

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From "Abortion opponents march in Washington to mark 40th anniversary of landmark court decision" by The Associated Press 1/25/13

The large turnout reflected the ongoing relevance of the abortion debate four decades after the Jan. 22, 1973 decision.

Police do not provide crowd estimates, but organizers said hundreds of thousands may have turned out at Friday’s rally in Washington.

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From "March for Life in front of Supreme Court decries landmark 1973 ruling" by Carol Morello and James Arkin, Washington Post 1/25/13

Despite a bitter, Arctic cold that descended over the region, Friday’s crowd was large. Police no longer estimate crowd size, so it is difficult to judge how many people attended. The march permit was for 50,000 people, though organizers said the attendance was several times that number.

Though some in the crowd were veterans of previous marches held annually since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, the majority seemed to be teenagers and young adults, many of whom carried signs identifying themselves as part of a “pro-life generation.”

The archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, read a message posted early Friday by Pope Benedict XVI from his personal Twitter account: “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.”

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared on a giant video screen and vowed to work for passage of a bill banning taxpayer funding for abortions.

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From "Does the media need a math lesson?" by Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life 1/25/13

An article posted today and shared around the internet said “thousands” of demonstrators would march in Washington today at the annual March for Life.  The event drew an estimated 400,000 last year and is expected to be at least as large this year.  Nevertheless, the writer couldn’t seem to think of a number higher than “thousands.”

When National Right to Life hosted a Rally for Life in the 1990s, the National Park Service estimated that 250,000 people attended; other estimates put the total closer to 375,000 people. But CNN News stated we only had 60,000.

Media outlets also tend to “balance” their stories about the March or other large pro-life events by making note of any counter-events hosted by abortion supporters.  But that’s usually all the story says.  Rarely do they state the size of the tiny pro-abortion “crowds,” which can be in the hundreds or as few as a couple dozen people.

So apparently the media’s problems with math extend to small numbers, as well.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Rep. Chris Smith [R-N.J.]: Obama Is the ‘Abortion President’" by Elizabeth Harrington, 1/25/13

Smith quoted from Obama’s second inaugural address on Monday, in which he said: “Together, we can resolve that a great nation must care for the vulnerable,” and “Our journey is not complete until all of our children are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”

“All people are created—not born—created equal,” [Smith] said. “And our journey is not complete until all of our children, including the child in the womb, are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.

“Yet, President Obama systematically and aggressively promotes abortion at home and overseas,” Smith added. “Despite the fact that taxpayer-subsidized Planned Parenthood claims direct responsibility for killing over 6 million babies, Planned Parenthood remains President Obama’s favorite organization. How tragic!”

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From "Rep. Franks [R-Ariz.]: Obama Made Case for Ending Abortion at Sandy Hook Prayer Vigil" by Penny Starr, 1/25/13

Obama’s words “make a strong, powerful case for ending the tragedy of abortion on demand in America,” Franks said at an event leading up to the March for Life that took place on the National Mall and the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday.

Franks then read this portion of Obama’s speech:

"This is our first task – caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children – all of them – safe from harm?

“Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?” Franks added, quoting Obama.

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From "Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): ‘Right and Wrong Have Become Subservient to Hedonism of the Moment'" by Elizabeth Harrington, 1/25/13

“Can a nation long endure that does not respect the sanctity of life?” Paul asked. “Can a nation conceived in liberty carry its head high if it denies protection to the youngest and most vulnerable of its citizens? Can a country founded on God-given rights continue to thrive without understanding that life is a precious gift from our Creator?

“I believe that great nations and great civilizations spring from a people who have a moral compass,” he said. “Our nation is adrift, adrift in a wilderness where right and wrong have become subservient to a hedonism of the moment.

“I believe our country is in need of a revival,” Paul continued. “I believe our country is in need of a spiritual cleansing. As a physician, I have looked into the eyes of one-pound babies. I have cradled their small bodies in the palm of one hand.

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Nearly 100,000 pro-lifers march in San Francisco, so media focus on a hundred abortion supporters (video):

Also read God Hears Thousands Praying for America, Media Doesn't 

GOP leader John Boehner addressed the D.C. March with this video, but will the Republican Party really be pro-life?