by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
January 18, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Thirty-three years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion on demand, people from across America plan to gather in the nation’s capital on Monday, January 23rd to show their opposition to the ruling.
The annual March for Life is expected to draw tens of thousands of people of all ages, faiths, and nationalities. They share a common bond: a passion for protecting life at all its stages.
Among those scheduled to board buses headed for Washington, D.C. are members of the Franklin County chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life in south-central Pennsylvania.
Chapter member Jeanne Thoms told the Chambersburg Public Opinion newspaper, “What’s really encouraging is to see the young people. We see young people from high school age and all different religious denominations.”
Chapter president Sherry Cline suggested that the march is truly a memorable event for anyone committed to the pro-life cause.
Cline told the Public Opinion, “I just think if someone feels pro-life they should go at least once in their life. It creates a sense of hope for (the) true pro-life message of caring for all human life, regardless of age, race or disability.”
President George W. Bush is expected to address the marchers by phone. Many marchers will be meeting with their Congressional representatives and senators after the event in order to promote the pro-life agenda.
Meanwhile, other groups will use the week of Jan. 22nd to help promote the pro-life cause within their individual states.
For instance, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life will announce its 2006 legislative agenda on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The Minnesota group will also hold its annual March for Life that day at the state Capitol. In 2005, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life successfully lobbied for state funding for pregnancy resource centers that counsel women facing unexpected pregnancies.
Affiliates of Right to Life of Michigan have planned more than 30 separate memorial events, including candlelight vigils, prayer services, rallies, and marches. In addition, at least 14 buses from Michigan will be headed to Washington for the March for Life.
Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “Thirty-three years of abortion on demand is too long. Women who are faced with an untimely pregnancy must be offered true hope, not the false promise of an easy way out. Precious and irreplaceable unborn human beings have died in unfathomable numbers and ways because abortion has been sold to women as the only solution to their unplanned pregnancies.
"Many pregnant women today feel forced to have an abortion because they don’t see any other option. Too often women who’ve had abortions or women who are thinking of having an abortion say that they have ‘no choice’ but abortion. Right to Life of Michigan knows that abortion is not worthy of a woman and will continue to reach out to women in need by providing real options with our toll-free 1-800-57 WOMAN number," Listing said.