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Hundreds of thousands join record-breaking U.S. March for Life
Life Site News ^ | January 25, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON

Posted on 01/26/2013 8:09:08 AM PST by NYer

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Huddled under winter coats and hats and scarves, hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists gathered on the Mall in Washington D.C. this morning to send a clear message to politicians in the Capitol, and the whole country: 40 years is too long, abortion must end! But despite the frigid January temperatures, the crowd, made up largely of teens and young adults, was boisterous, with many groups chanting pro-life slogans and singing hymns as they walked.

This year's March marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, since which an estimated 55 million babies have been killed by abortion in America.

While accurate estimates of the number of attendees at the march are hard to come by, organizers had said in the days leading up to the event that all signs pointed to a record-breaking crowd. Hotels in the D.C area sold out far in advance of when they normally do, and organizers installed two jumbotrons just to ensure that all marchers could get a glimpse of what was happening on the stage.

Last year's march was estimated at around 400,000 participants, likely putting this year's at the half million mark, or even beyond. The popularity of the event could be seen on social media, with the March for Life trending on Twitter for a time in the early afternoon, and Facebook exploding with photos and status updates from attendees. 

Before opening the march rally with an opening prayer, Cardinal Sean O'Malley announced to cheers that Pope Benedict had just tweeted his support for the marchers. "I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life," the pontiff tweeted from his @Pontifex account.

And while the chances of a national pro-life political victory seem as bleak as the weather on the overcast winter day, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul and the other activist and political leaders who addressed the crowd were certain they are on the right side of history.

“One day, we will be here and triumph, because love and truth always triumph,” said former Pennsylvania senator Santorum, who made a strong showing for the Republican presidential nomination last year.

Santorum spoke alongside his wife, Karen, and four of their children – but his speech revolved around his absent daughter Bella, who was born with Trisomy-18. “The response to this little girl and the struggles she was going through and who she was...was just amazing to us, and affirmed to us the goodness of the people in this country,” he said.

“We were encouraged to abort, because she would be saddled with disabilities and it would be better for her – but we all know death is never better,” he said, “What it's about is it would be easier for us.” “Bella is better for us, and we are better because of Bella.”

He asked anyone faced with the prospect of special needs children to “give them a chance. Welcome them in to your home.”

After leaving the campaign trail, Santorum founded the advocacy group Patriot Voices, which carried an enormous banner in today's march.

“This country is in search of truth, and they're not finding much of it in Washington, D.C.,” he said.

Those who love the unborn are instead making the world a better place through their own initiative. “Everyday [they] go out and open up their arms...and reach out their hands in love for little children,” Santorum observed.

The highest ranking public servant to address the crowd – Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY – had some philosophical questions about how our policies affect the soul of our country.

“Can a nation long endure that does not respect the sanctity of life? Can a nation conceived in liberty carry its head high if its denies protection the youngest and most vulnerable of its citizens?” he asked.

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

Polls show the vast majority of abortions occur – not for rape, incest, or maternal health – but out of personal convenience.

“I believe our country is in need of a revival,” Senator Paul said. “I believe our country is in need of a spiritual cleansing.”

The senator, like his father, credits his medical career with influencing his pro-life worldview, remembering days when he held one-pound babies in the palm of his hand.

“I defy [pro-abortion ideologues] to come to the neonatal nursery with me and look at these tiny little miracles and say, 'We're not going to protect that,'” he said.

Four other members of Congress addressed the crowd, a significantly lower number than in years past.

Rep. Diane Black, R-TN, promised to reintroduce H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would bar U.S. family planning dollars from financing any organization that performs abortions. Former Congressman Mike Pence, who was elected governor of Indiana in November, encouraged her to take up the charge.

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House Speaker John Boehner addressed the gathering by video, promising he was busy at work “putting together a bipartisan pro-life majority and getting to work. In accordance with the will of the people, we will again work to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, formally codifying the Hyde Amendment.”

The March featured a bipartisan moment, as Congressman Dan Lipinski, an Illinois Democrat, spoke to the crowd in a recorded message.

“We mourn the 40th anniversary of a talking away of a most basic and essential right to our most vulnerable sisters and brothers,” he said. “There are legislative battles to be fought, and I will continue to fight them as a pro-life Democrat, because life should not be a partisan issue.”

Lipinski was the only Illinois Democrat to vote against ObamaCare in March 2010.

Democrats for Life of America had a breakfast Friday morning before the march, as well.

However, the March's close proximity to Barack Obama's second inauguration drew sometimes heated remarks on the part of speakers – and marchers.

The chairman of the House Pro-life Caucus, Chris Smith, R-NJ, gave a stirring speech that commemroated the “horrific legacy” of Roe v. Wade 40 years and 55 million abortions later – “a death toll that equates with the entire population of England.”

His speech directly challenged President Obama.

“Know this,” he said, addressing the president, “the pro-life movement is comprised of noble, caring, smart and selfless people. It is an extraordinarily powerful, non-violent, faith-filled human rights struggle that is growing in public support, intensity, commitment and hope.”

“And know this Mr. President: The pro-life movement is not only on the side of compassion, justice, and inclusion; we are on the right side of responsible science and of history.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: marchforlife

1 posted on 01/26/2013 8:09:11 AM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Catholic ping!

2 posted on 01/26/2013 8:10:28 AM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer

CNNObama hasn’t covered this. Nor has NBObama, nor MSNBObama, nor ABC/DisneyObama, CBSObama, NPRObama, or any other mainstream media outlet.

“If we don’t report it, it’s not important for you to know.”


3 posted on 01/26/2013 8:12:04 AM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Old Sarge

It is a “non-story” every year. Right out of “1984”


4 posted on 01/26/2013 8:13:37 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: NYer
“I believe our country is in need of a revival,” Senator Paul said. “I believe our country is in need of a spiritual cleansing.”

The senator, like his father, credits his medical career with influencing his pro-life worldview, remembering days when he held one-pound babies in the palm of his hand.

“I defy [pro-abortion ideologues] to come to the neonatal nursery with me and look at these tiny little miracles and say, 'We're not going to protect that,'” he said.

I'm voting this guy for president in 2016, even if he doesn't run.

5 posted on 01/26/2013 8:15:20 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Old Sarge; BenLurkin; wagglebee; little jeremiah; narses
From twitchy.com ...

‘F*ck you all’: Hateful pro-aborts spew venom at Marchers for Life

Surprised THAT didn't make the msm reporting.

6 posted on 01/26/2013 8:19:56 AM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer

While I am 100% behind this event, I have questions as to why they do it during the workweek. Wouldn’t turnouts be better attended if they were on the weekends? Tho I don’t work in DC any more, I feel for the folks that do that have to battle the gridlock for these events during the workweek.


7 posted on 01/26/2013 8:20:09 AM PST by ratzoe (damn, I miss Barbara Olson)
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To: NYer
Good morning.

The only reason I knew about this was the priest's homily last weekend.

Haven't seen it covered anywhere else in the media.

5.56mm

8 posted on 01/26/2013 8:22:50 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: NYer

They march for all of us that cant be there, and for the ones that will never have the chance to be anywhere.


9 posted on 01/26/2013 8:23:29 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: ratzoe

“I feel for the folks that do that have to battle the gridlock for these events during the workweek.”

Oh no, we would not want to inconvenience Washington by reminding them that we are killing about 1.5 million babies a year.

/sarc

Blockade all the access points and let no food or booze into the city until they decide to stop killing babies.


10 posted on 01/26/2013 8:37:19 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: NYer
From twitchy.com ...

The contrast in communications skills between the libs and the pro-lifers could not be more manifest. Apparently, people who like to kill babies possess little other than the "f" word in their lexicon.

11 posted on 01/26/2013 8:37:43 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: M Kehoe
Haven't seen it covered anywhere else in the media.

EWTN provided live coverage from Washington DC, yesterday. Today, they are providing live coverage of the WALK FOR LIFE WEST COAST from San Francisco, January 26, 2:30 PM ET.

12 posted on 01/26/2013 8:41:01 AM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: ratzoe

Weekdays are better because the marchers have a better chance of being seen by, and one hopes, disrupting the routine of, the complacent suburbanworkers who commute to the district. It isn’t the civil disobedience I’d like to see, but it’s the next best thing.


13 posted on 01/26/2013 8:42:37 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Old Sarge

Time during the newscasts can be purchased.


14 posted on 01/26/2013 8:45:31 AM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: NYer
Thanks, I'll let the First lady know.

5.56mm

15 posted on 01/26/2013 8:46:31 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: NYer

beautiful mass for ‘young people’ covered too.


16 posted on 01/26/2013 8:59:53 AM PST by madameguinot
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To: NYer

Amazing how the communist left (not liberals, communists) are unable to communicate without throwing foul language into the mix.


17 posted on 01/26/2013 9:08:45 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: NYer
Odd. I just saw MSNBC coverage of an anti-gun rally in DC Saturday morning. They didn't show the crowd. It must’ve been huge though, if they can cover this but not the MFL.

/sarc

18 posted on 01/26/2013 9:22:15 AM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: NYer

Worthless hacks at comcast lead with some march for gun control in DC, or basically the paid staffers in the area have to get out of bed early on a Saturday morn, poor babies should all be fired and banned for life from government contracts or work.


19 posted on 01/26/2013 10:25:44 AM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: BwanaNdege

“Oh no, we would not want to inconvenience Washington by reminding them that we are killing about 1.5 million babies a year.

/sarc”

Well said.


20 posted on 01/26/2013 10:58:37 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (A return to Jesus and prayer in the schools is the only way.)
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To: NYer

Look at that crazy vast right-wing conspiracy! Don’t they have jobs? Who bussed them in?!

/liberal lunacy


21 posted on 01/27/2013 3:08:59 AM PST by wastedyears (Obama and Democrats to Republicans: "LOL!")
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To: NYer

I took a look at the picture of so many people in the march for life and I said “wow”. God Bless them all.


22 posted on 01/27/2013 3:40:32 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

I’m here for conference and participated on Friday. WOW, I’ve never seen so many people and most of them were high school or college aged. It was awesome, even with the snow!


23 posted on 01/27/2013 6:46:24 AM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: The Right Stuff

That’s fantastic. Looks like the Tea Party march ...of course, they ignored that too.


24 posted on 01/27/2013 8:00:29 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: LibsRJerks

Of all the illogical and annoying liberal pro-choice talking points, the one that gets me the most is where they say — “Well, you pro lifers care about them so much in the womb, and then forget them once they’re born.”

As if it’s now OUR responsibility to raise the child they created.

For whatever reason, they seem to take the liberty of absolving themselves of ALL ownership of any action they take, whether they allow the kid to live or not. Doesn’t matter ....it’s supposedly someone else’s problem.

How come I don’t get to do that?


25 posted on 01/27/2013 8:07:34 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: NYer

Great photos at the site! So many YOUNG people!


26 posted on 01/27/2013 12:40:17 PM PST by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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