Ten Reasons to March for Life This Friday

Still on the fence about whether or not you’ll be going to the March for Life in the nation’s capitol this coming Friday? Well, here are 10 quick reasons to hop off that fence and start planning your trip.

1. Everybody’s doing it.

I know. Your mother explicitly told you that is not a reason for doing something. But she was talking about imitating the bad kids, not the good kids. And this week, all the good kids are heading to DC for the March for Life. Or, many of the good kids are. Organizers of the March say they’re expecting a record turnout this year, and given the current political climate (i.e. the re-election of the most pro-abortion president in our history, the ongoing threat to religious liberty from the HHS Mandate, the mounting attacks on marriage, etc.), those expectations seem reasonable. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun, do you?

2. The young ones.

Not the unborn young ones. The other young ones. The thousands upon thousands of children, tweens, and teens that throng Constitution Avenue every year bedecked in pro-life sweatshirts, brightly colored scarves, and matching hats. Those kids are the future of the pro-life movement, and their numbers and energy strike mortal fear into the hearts of the abortion supporters who catch a glimpse of them. On us though, they have just the opposite effect. They help us to hope.

3. The pro-abortion counter-protestors.

Sure, there are only about 12 of them. But trying to spot one in the midst of a pro-life sea is a great way to keep the kids (or yourself) occupied as you hoof it to the Supreme Court. Think of it as a real life version of “Where’s Waldo.”

4. The Awesome Speeches by long-winded politicians on the Mall before the March.

Just kidding. Some portions of the day’s events you can skip

5. The hordes of men.

And women too. It’s true that the sheer number of people choking the city’s streets during the March for Life can be a bit overwhelming. Especially if you suffer from a twinge of claustrophobia. Nevertheless, it’s still heartening. At home, in our schools and offices, it’s easy to feel alone, like we’re the only ones who see how mad the world has grown. But we’re not. Far from it. There are millions upon millions of men and women who still see life as precious and sacred, and the March helps us remember that. It reminds us that we’re not alone. Not historically, and not culturally.

Never forget: Isolation feeds despair. Fellowship inspires courage.

6. The weather.

It’s going to be awesome…if you’re in to doing penance that is. As of today, the forecast is 37 and raining. Really, it doesn’t get any more miserable than that. And several hundred thousand people offering up their misery to God is bound to unleash tidal waves of grace for the unborn, their mothers, and all those pesky politicians. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

7. The after-party.

Once we’ve paid our respects to the Supreme Court, a good lot of us will drag our half-frozen, completely soaked bodies into some cozy pub or other to swap war stories and throw back a pint or two with old friends and like-minded pro-lifers from all around the country. Me and mine will be at The Dubliner, but wherever you go, there’s guaranteed conversation, laughter, and beer. Who can ask for more?

8. 40 years.

Remember, this is no ordinary March for Life. It’s the March that will mark 40 years of legalized abortion in the U.S. That’s a biblical generation of bloodshed and broken hearts. If this were a wedding anniversary, it would be the ruby anniversary. Ruby red. Blood red. Tragically fitting. And reason enough to take a personal day on Friday.

9. The women.

More than 30 million women in America have had abortions since 1972. More than a million will have an abortion this year. In a way, those women are the abortion industry’s greatest victims. They were sold a lie that they have to live with forever. They lost something that can never be replaced. And for that, they hurt—some more acutely than others, some more knowingly than others, but they hurt nonetheless. Those women need our love. They need our prayers. They need our support. And the more of us that gather in DC on Friday, the louder and clearer our message of hope and healing, of love and life, will be.

10. The babies.

Ultimately, they’re why we do it. They’re the only reason we need. We march for them—all 55 million of the little ones we never had the chance to know, all 55 million of the men and women we never had the chance to love. When we march—in the cold, in the rain, in the crowds, laughing and praying and offering it all up as we go—we remember them. We honor them. We love them. And we hope against hope, that this March will be the last.

See you there?

Emily Stimpson is a Contributing Editor to “Our Sunday Visitor” and the author of “The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years.” Her next book, “Everyday Theology of the Body: Musings on the Mysteries and Manners of the Sacramental Worldview,” is due out later in 2013 from Emmaus Road Press,

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11 thoughts on “Ten Reasons to March for Life This Friday

  1. Brian Wise says:

    Will this be the March For Life in which FINALLY at least ONE of the speakers says, “When ALL abortions are against the law, including those in cases of rape, incest, and the health of the woman, this is what we want to see happen———–Every doctor or medical professional who performs an illegal abortion will be __________, every person who helps women locate someone who performs illegal abortions will be __________, every person who attends an illegal abortion in order to support the woman will be__________, and every woman who has an illegal abortion will be__________. And, if someone calls 911 and says, ‘Help! My wife/girlfriend is six-weeks pregnant and is on her way to have an illegal abortion! She says she doesn’t care if it’s illegal. She says it’s her right! Her name is _______. She’s driving a red _______. Her license plate number is _______. She’s headed North on _______ Street! Please stop her from killing our baby!’, then the 911 Operator should say __________ and the police should __________.
    In other words, will at least ONE speaker at this year’s March For Life actually tell us WHAT will be done to “save the babies” after all abortions are made illegal and WHAT will be done to everyone who is involved in any way with an illegal abortion? Believe it or not, a lot of people are “on the fence” on this issue because No One will answer these types of questions. Thank you!!!

    1. JackB says:

      Brian is naieve to suggest American courts will ban abortion without exception. Put yourself in the shoes of a 10 year old child who was impregnated by her drunken uncle. No! Dont give me that crap about taking a life… if she were your daughter! What happens when the mother is pregnant with her 5th pregnancy and it an ectioic pregnancy? You would be lying if you said you would sacrafice her and make the other four motherless. I want to believe you would not. You want a perfect world and you won’t get one.

  2. And if you’re not heading to DC, join us in San Francisco for the West Coast Walk For Life.

  3. Paulspr says:

    For 40 years you have been doing the same thing, going to the same marches, and pushing the same legislation. When are you going to realize that it isn’t going to work and when are you going to try something that might work?

    Let’s start supporting pregnant women and giving them options to make the right choice. Let’s abandon these efforts to throw women in jail for getting an abortion or throwing doctors in jail for performing one as it is NEVER going to happen. Lets work together to help save the unborn by convincing their mothers to keep their children through patience and understanding, not by throwing them in jail.

    1. You haven’t been paying attention, Paulspr. Pro-lifers HAVE been supporting pregnant women and giving them real options, unlike the other side. It is pro-lifers who run crisis pregnancy centers and homes for expecting mothers who need help, not the other side. Ironically, it is actually the pro-lifers who offer women a choice, not the abortionists.

      I don’t know where you get the idea that the pro-life movement is interested in putting anyone in jail. I have been a pro-lifer for many years, and I can say with authority that we are interested in changing the culture far more than in changing the laws. For at least the past twenty years or so the movement has been premised on the idea that if the culture changes, the laws will follow. Yes, the culture is bigger than the politics. Go figure.

      And it has too been working. More Americans call themselves pro-life than ever before, and the number of abortions continues to decline. Progress is slow but steady, as with most important struggles.

      Thanks for the advice, Paulspr, but we are many years ahead of you. If you care about putting an end to the culture of death, you should join us in marching and in the pro-life movement.

      1. Paulspr says:

        I volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center and there is not one person there that is anti-choice. We know they truth. You isolate yourself from it.

        1. Joe M says:

          Paulspr.

          “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”

          “”The moment a positive law deprives a category of
          human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord
          them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the
          state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each
          citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations
          of a state based on law are undermined. . . . As a consequence of the
          respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from
          the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal
          sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.”"

          Do you agree with these statements?

        2. Awfully hard for me to believe that, P. Read this:

          http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/01/2380/

          And this:

          http://www.prochoice.org/policy/policyreports/cpc.html

          But I would love to be proven wrong. What is the name of the center where you volunteer and who can I call to verify your claim that nobody who works there is ‘anti-choice’? It is abortionists who do not care about mothers and children, never pro-lifers.

          And your jargon is out-of-date, too. Even Planned Parenthood is abandoning the term ‘pro-choice’. Read this:

          http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/planned-parenthood-abandons-term-pro-choice

          It seems that the power of euphemisms has a half-life. You ought to at least keep up with the jargon of the establishment, sir. It would make your trolling more convincing.

        3. Msgr. Charles M. Mangan says:

          J.M.J. Given that you are not “anti-choice,” does this mean, Paulspr, that you would not discourage a woman from having an abortion? I pray that you do not in any way cooperate in the act of abortion.

    2. Tom Crowe says:

      Incredily ironic thing for you to say, Paulspr, considering you and people like you have been pushing for many more than four decades for “gay rights” … Do you have no self-awareness?

  4. Matt says:

    “Not the unborn young ones. The living young ones.” By making this distinction it would appear that you are making the distinction that the left makes. Maybe better say the born ones because the other way you are saying that the unborn are not alive.

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