Thursday, January 22, 2009

March for Life today!

I think this year's March for Life takes on an even deeper significance because the United States's new leader is one who seems to discriminate against some persons as far as recognizing and respecting their dignity is concerned. It is very saddening.

I find it quite disturbing that the person occupying the highest office in that country advocates allowing a newborn to die instead of being given life-saving medical attention, if the baby happened to survive an abortion. In essence, that's what Pres. Obama said when he -- as a legislator -- repeatedly struck down the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which extends legal protection to an infant born alive after a failed attempt at induced abortion. For him, the law should let a baby who survives an abortion be left alone to die. And just now I learned from this 2002 article that Obama also "opposed measures to criminalize those who transport minors across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion." Isn't this tantamount to protecting old men who prey on minors from arrest? I realize this article is six years old, but if it's accurate, and unless Obama has changed his stance on the matter, the time element is irrelevant.

This is the much-celebrated new leader of the "Land of the Free"?

What I find amazing and totally edifying is that many people in America continue to stand up for life, fighting to uphold the truth, the good, and the beautiful in spite of the prevalent moral climate over there. Talk about going against the grain! The March for Life is an annual event on January 22 to mark the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion.

The first March for Life in 1974 had about 20,000 participating; in recent years, the event has drawn together an average of 200,000. It is held in Washington D.C., but recently people from different parts of the country have been holding their own satellite activities to bring awareness to the repercussions of that infamous 1973 decision.

More and more pro-life groups have been formed, many of them school-based; some are parish-based or church-based. Go to Generations for Life for information on Georgetown University's Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life, Rock for Life's Training Activism Weekend, Stand True's March for Life Week, Students for Life of America's Annual Conference. And of course about Generations for Life's own schedule.

The following are photos from past March for Life events, some of which I posted on this blog in 2007 and 2006:

More interesting photos and accounts here, here and here

More information at the March for Life website


petrufied said...

wowow so many people! great to see photos of the March. (Though I know some of them aren't this year's?) I really hope this gets more media coverage!

petrufied said...

haha silly me they're all old images! XD sorry am weird today.

sunnyday said...

hehe, one would easily assume they're pictures of this year's march unless he reads the text first :-)

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