March for Life and White House Protest Part of Pro-Life Events Marking Roe
by Steven Ertelt
January 11, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — When the calendar reads January, the majority of Americans who consider themselves pro-life according to several 2009 polls can count on one thing. That’s the annual March for Life that sees hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates heading to the nation’s capital.
They gather for the event — which sees a 20-30-person-wide sea of people for block after block parading down the main streets of Washington — to mark their opposition to abortion.
Specifically, the event is a condemnation of the 1973 Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that, together, ushered in an era of abortion on demand that has resulted in more than 50 million abortions and tens of millions of women injured physically and emotionally.
This year, for the first time ever, organizers of the March for Life also plan a White House protest.
They will hold a two-hour rally the night before the March for Life at Lafayette Park, across from the White House, in an attempt to show strong opposition to the pro-abortion record of President Barack Obama.
Although the March for Life is an ecumenical event, the Catholic Church and Catholic pro-life groups will be sponsoring a variety of events.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be holding the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the new head of the pro-life committee of the USCCB, will celebrate the evening Mass.
The day before the March, the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life will be held at Georgetown University in Washington for college and high school students.
And on the morning of the March, the Washington Archdiocese expects more than 20,000 Catholic teens and young adults from across the nation to gather at the Verizon Center for the annual pre-March rally.
The Filipino Family Fund and Culture of Life Foundation will host the fourth annual "Champions for Family" awards reception and the American Life League will hold a training seminar.
Students for Life of America will be hosting its annual conference and the Blogs for Life conference will take place featuring pro-life Internet writers.
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