Pro-life marchers weather the cold

Pro-life marchers weather the cold

Snow and freezing temperatures didn't deter pro-life activists during the Vigil for Life and the 41st March for Life in Washington Jan. 21 and 22.

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ron chandonia
3 years 9 months ago
In striking contrast to this video, I just read Dana Milbank's WA Post column, "The pro-life movement faces a cold reality," which belittles the pro-life movement as a lost cause in the court of American public opinion. Its recent political victories, he insists, are pyrrhic--and likely to bring down their (Republican) champions. Milbank closes with the sarcastic suggestion that the cold weather might reflect "the wrath of an angry God" toward the misguided marchers. Such hostility from an observer who is often considered a centrist well illustrates where the pro-life cause stands today. Support for abortion-on-demand is now upheld as a measure of how truly we believe that --in the words of our President today--"everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams." Politicians who share that conviction now warn right-to-lifers to get off their turf, and the most prominent of those abortion-rights politicos are Catholic. No wonder Milbank can joke that God himself might no longer be pro-life.
Steve Perzan
3 years 9 months ago
It was an ordinary Saturday evening mass, the kind you go to so that you don’t have to get up and go Sunday morning. The homily was neither bad nor good, but what caught my attention was: “This Wednesday will mark the 41st anniversary for the March for Life in Washington.” I had been to a couple of Marches way back, mostly out of “parish duty” or a sense of “Catholic obligation” to oppose abortion, but my heart was never quite in them. Why now, would such an announcement touch my heart? Maybe it was the Holy Spirit but right there and then I firmly committed myself to go - unattached to a parish, unattached to the specific cause of abortion. My mind began to transition the March for Life from one of “pro-life” to “it is truly right and just” that we unite “always and everywhere” for as long as it takes to let Government know it is not always right and has a long way to go to respond to the demands of justice .. feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and make straight the ways of the Lord. It would be an opportunity to show my solidarity not to a cause, I am not sure that changing Roe vs. Wade will do anything, but to support The March, the right to demonstrate, to be a fly in the ointment! Surely, any protest-demonstration lasting 41 years deserves respect even if one does not totally signoff on its message. The decision on the part of many people to engage in a government confrontation lasting this long to secure the rights of the unborn, and preserve an opinion so that in these delicate matters the minority viewpoint is not completely lost or disregarded, is a miracle in itself. It earns a spot in our American history comparable to the most hallowed of boycotts -- the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56; and the United Farm Workers Delano Grape Boycott of more than 5 years. I told myself that this 41st March for Life would served to re-create in me a “new heart” for all of God’s poor and forgotten, for the many issues of violence and war, for a more equitable sharing of “the pie”, for all those issues that occupy the hearts and the minds of all who battle for a more just and compassionate world. More personally, this March would serve as an opportunity to look inward, to confess my own guilt in fomenting some of the wrongs, evil and injustices in this world. That knowledge of my own contribution to acts of intolerance and unconcern was a sincere kindling within urging me to commit to the March. Then there was this desire to do battle with the elements, to reaffirm my “bravado” at 68. January 22 is the dead of winter. It takes a lot to stand outside in cold and snow or rainy weather pelted by nature and the scornfulness of others. But I had convinced myself that I was going to do it as a way of reminding myself that the poor, the marginalized, those living in areas of war and violence do not have it easy. Why should I be particularly free of the physical sufferings of humanity? Having completed all that in my mind, as soon as escaping from mass, I MEGABus-uped and made reservations for DC; I’d be on the National Mall in plenty of time to hear the rally and join the march. But problematically a blizzard-like one foot snowfall made travel throughout the region impossible. This would simply become another Pro-Life March I would not attend, yet true to form the March for Life’s web site messaged: “The March will not be canceled due to inclement weather. Please dress appropriately by wearing many layers, and covering extremities! They are much better troopers than I and truly concerned about all life.

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