Skip to comments.Hundreds of Thousands Gather for Record-Breaking March for Life
Posted on 01/25/2013 2:22:43 PM PST by NYer
More than 500,000 people are attending today’s March for Life in a massive attendance that could be well higher than that estimate and set records for the annual pro-life event challenging the mantra of unlimited abortion.
Typically held on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions at any point in pregnancy for any reason, the march for Life typically sees anywhere from 250,000 to 500,000 people lining the streets towards the Supreme Court building.
The huge crowd is expected to exceed last years 400,000 participants as they mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that, along with an accompanying ruling in Doe v. Bolton, allowed abortion on demand in all 50 states.
The official theme of this years march is 40 = 55M,” an equation meant to remember the enormous toll on human life that has resulted in nearly 56 million people losing their lives.
Sarah Torre of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, talked about the meaning of this year’s March for Life.
“Like many annual March for Life events before it, there will likely also be smaller groups of counter-protests by abortion advocates holding signs and chanting slogans championing the ethic of Roe that pledges unwavering allegiance to a right of abortion-on-demand, for any reason. But those now-tired slogans are no longer able to convince a new generation that denying life to some will lead to a more just society and freedom for others,” she said.
She continued, “It is a simple witness by a tireless pro-life movement over the past 40 years that has reoriented the hearts and minds of an entire generation toward the dignity and worth of every individualborn or yet to be. Despite obstacles, the pro-life movement has achieved notable victories in public opinion, law, and culture.”
Torre said, “Today, roughly half of Americans now identify themselves as pro-life, including many of the millennial generation who will make up the crowds at todays march.”
“As the March for Life draws to a close and Americans look to yet another year under the waning, yet still deadly ethic of Roe, there remains hope that government will one day soon return to a deeper respect of the principles that founded and sustain America by ensuring the basic rights of liberty and life to everyoneincluding those yet to be born,” she said.
As hundreds of thousands of right-to-life activists march up Capitol Hill today to the U.S. Supreme Court to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, many carry the iconic STOP ABORTION NOW! signs distributed by National Right to Life.
The right-to-life movement remains more committed than ever to protecting unborn children and providing compassionate, life-affirming alternatives to their mothers, observed National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. What profoundly scares abortion supporters gives us enormous confidence in the future: young people are more and more pro-life.”
Our movement is re-energized and renewed every year when we see the March for Life and the rallies and marches held by our state affiliates featuring younger and younger participants, Tobias added.
Since they first appeared at National Right to Lifes Rally for Life ’90, hundreds of thousands of STOP ABORTION NOW signs have been distributed and displayed at pro-life rallies across the country. The signs have been part of an exhibit at the Smithsonians National Museum of American History, she told LifeNews.
In addition to greeting marchers on the National Mall, National Right to Lifes headquarters will play host to the organization, KIDS: Keep Infants with Down Syndrome. KIDS helps raise awareness that, tragically, the number of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Dozens of children with Down syndrome and their parents will join Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa.) in a gathering before heading down to the March for Life.
Our humanity is not defined by the atrocities that have been committed throughout history, but by the shining light of those who recognize injustice and refuse to be complicit through silence, Tobias concluded.
You wouldn’t know it from the local D.C. news. Total media blackout.
All the local networks are leading the news hour with breathless reporting about one inch of snowfall, early release from schools (overworked teachers, just off a 3-day weekend, now heading into 4.5 days off), and the fact that the snow isn’t good for making snowballs or snowmen.
There are some road closures due to the march, but they weren’t mentioned, even during rush hour.
15 people showing up for a gay marriage rally would probably take up half of the news program....
I so admire people who can get out and do this. I just don’t have the fortitude to do what it would take. Out with Kathleen in this weather? No way. And where’s the bathroom, anyway? Frank has to go to the bathroom every half hour.
A non-event because of zero media coverage. There is zero chance of RvW being overturned. The current administration is staunchly pro-death.
“15 people showing up for a gay marriage rally would probably take up half of the news program....”
And if it were 400,000 and growing every year since 40 years ago, with a mojority young people, we’d be plenty nervous- reported on network news or not.
OB can see it, so can Congress, like ruby slippers.
Young people get their news from the iternet anyway.
The MSM won’t touch this.
You don’t have much faith in those to whom you devote your tagline, I see.
Meant to say, “oh, ye of little faith”
Ah, there it is, 1 minute 50 seconds of coverage at 5:38. They did talk to one person from each side. Looked like the “pro-choice” side had eight people there.
“Looked like the pro-choice side had eight people there.”
Well, I guess they’re relieved they can call it even and go home.
I remember that from the "Rally for America" in Tulsa. The local news talked to a couple of people from "each side": 5,000 people, give or take, including a flock of elected officials, supporting our military efforts ... and six supporters of "peace." But they're equal to the media.
? I have no tagline.
Surprised? If this were a March to Save the Seals, they would be all over it. But human life? No way ... too controversial. That would entail projecting some of these images.
Activists hold signs reading "I regret my abortion" onstage as they participate in the annual March for Life rally in Washington, January 25, 2013.
People participate in the annual March for Life rally on the National Mall in Washington, January 25, 2013.
I hear you. Thanks.
I noticed that. :)
See post #13.
No one will hear about this unless we march into the HQ of ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, etc. and B-slap their newsreaders.
We have such a propaganda machine in place than nothing short of force can penetrate it.
I know it was my goof up.
In 2009, Obama attracted a crowd of 1.8 million to his first Inauguration. This year, his Inaugural crowd shrank to 1 million.
By contrast, 2009’s March for Life drew an estimated crowd of 250,000, while this year’s MFL crowd doubled to 500,000.
Life is on the march.
Hey Nyer I don’t know if you were on Twitter today there is lots of tweet coming from March of life like number 4 trending topic for while on Twitter
How I know
I was on Twitter early
God sees.....He knows the 500,000 were there.....what sacrifices they made to get there....why their hearts broke....
I get upset when the alphabet channels....even Fox.....can barely, if even, give it a mention....
....but if I get upset....can you imagine how God feels......
...55 millions murdered babies
The networks ignore this at their own peril.
I agree with you, God sees - God knows.
But I grew up thinking America was a Christian country. It is very sad for me to come to grips with the fact that this is no longer true - if it ever was.
I thought this country was blessed. But we have turned our backs on our roots and our faith, and are now suffering the consequences of those choices.
Me personally? I’d like the Catholics to see the news — and they will — in their church bulletins. And I hope they ask themselves how they could vote for Obama, in light of the position that he takes on abortion.
It is beyond me how many of my Catholic family members who regularly attend Mass still vote solidly Democrat.
Where did the count of 500,000 come from? If it came from the parks people it may be way low. I don’t trust their numbers at all.
Kevin Jackson of Blacksphere is reporting 650,000.
**In 2009, Obama attracted a crowd of 1.8 million to his first Inauguration. This year, his Inaugural crowd shrank to 1 million.
By contrast, 2009s March for Life drew an estimated crowd of 250,000, while this years MFL crowd doubled to 500,000.
Life is on the march.**
Thank you, God!
I’m wondering what EWTN reported on the numbers. Anyone know?
Not being covered by the media seems to have very little effect on the results of these marches.
I’ve been to the Tea Party march, Glenn Beck’s 8/28 and the march against Obamacare 2 years ago and all had hundreds of thousands. I doubt that it’s the same people either. All have jobs and really have to do some schedule juggling to attend just one.
Half a million prolifers march for life, and I didn’t see a single article in any newspaper. Not a peep from the TV talking heads...not even FOX.
Congrats to the pro-Life movement for making such wonderful advances in the past five years, especially among the young. The movement is so strong now, that it will not be deterred by a mendacious media.
It is beyond me as well. They either do not understand their faith, don’t believe it, or don’t take it seriously.
Yeah, like some of my Catholic friends who still believe the lie that the Democrats 'care for the poor', and Republicans don't. They have also accepted the lie that abortion is just one among other Social Justice issues, so they don't care that a Democrat is pro-abortion if he or she votes for more entitlements for the poor.