Since 1973 when Roe V. Wade legalized abortion in the United States, pro-lifers gathered in Washington DC to protest that Supreme Court Decision close to its anniversary of January 22. It was during the term of Pres. H.W.Bush I first attended the Right to Life March in our nation’s capital in 1989. With one or two exceptions due to weather or illness I marched every year up to and including 2009 a few days after President Obama’s fist term began. After that I watched the March on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), throughout the day.
Each time the day arrived and I was unable to March in DC I felt extremely disappointed. I missed getting up by 4:30 am, packing a few snacks and driving ten or so miles to board a bus. We made one quick stop on the way, prayed the Rosary together, had a sandwich and soda included in the price of the trip before reaching our destination shortly before noon. Some people slept a while during the trip. Most of us talked. Everyone felt a calling to be there either from a life experience or circumstance or like myself an overwhelming realization this evil is as bad as it gets and needs to be recognized for what it is and made right again.
Over the years a major change occurred in the composition of the crowd and a most significant one at that: the overwhelming number of young people. I certainly noted the change from 1989 to 2009 and in watching EWTN after that. One thing remained pretty much the same and that was the extremely scant coverage by the mainstream media except for the 2020 March. It was the first time ever in all the 47 years the President of the United States spoke from the stage in person. The media coverage ensued and the size of the crowd revealed itself visually.
This year although a small segment of the number of supporters marched, the inspiring event lent an even greater impact at least on me. More somber, even more prayerful and I would say more determined considering the turn of events due to January 6th and the rescinding of laws put in place by President Trump. The pro-life movement in my opinion will eventually be the most unifying force as the numbers continually increase and truth shows itself in the sweet face of the child and the endearing face of our elderly.