March for Life 2008
If you were to fly over Washington DC on January 22nd and look down, the ground seemed to be alive and breathing, and it was alive and breathing with movement, a movement. Over 70 thousand members of the pro-life movement made their way toward the National Mall and filled in along the neighboring streets to celebrate life at all stages.
On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in America. For the past 35 years leaders and laymen have joined together to reverse this ruling, which would throw the decision to abolish or legalize abortion back to the individual states.
Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, said she is always encouraged to see the people representing the colleges and high schools across the nation. Wright says, “The baton is being passed off…there is a next generation willing to take up this fight to protect unborn children and women.” Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow of Legal Studies at Family Research Council, says, “The march really reflects the truth of what the pro-life movement is all about. There’s a new vibrancy.”
Vibrancy was definitely evident at this year’s march and hopefully this will propel the pro-life movement into the future. Political science professor, Hadley Arkes, Ph.D., at Amherst University, recalls a pro-life address he made in 1978, five years after the Roe v. Wade decision. He says at that time the level of abortion casualties had reached 5 million plus, it was getting close to the Holocaust. Arkes said, “We just couldn’t believe it would go on much longer than that.”
Currently there are over 48 million people missing from society because of abortion. The March For Life represents the thousands of people who recognize this reality and will not remain silent on behalf of the pre-born.