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At annual March for Life, crowds show endurance and passion to continue

 

WASHINGTON (CNS): The tens of thousands of participants at the annual March for Life in Washington DC, the United States of America (US), demonstrated just how determined they were, not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitterly cold day on January 25, but by continuing a 40-year tradition of protesting against the US Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision in the case of Roe v Wade, which opened the gates to legalised abortion. 

Sean Cardinal O’Malley, from Boston, told the crowd, gathered on the National Mall prior to marching along Constitution Avenue to the front of the Supreme Court building, “Forty years ago, people thought opposition to the pro-life movement would eventually disappear.”

He noted that Nellie Gray, founder of the annual march who died last year, “was not going to allow that to happen” nor was the pro-life movement. 

“The march grows stronger every year,” the cardinal, who is chairperson of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said. 

Many speakers praised the resiliency of the crowd, which braved a cloudy, minus six-degree Celsuis day, but also spoke of the movement being re-energised by young people who are quickly becoming the movement’s new torchbearers. 

Hundreds of high school and college groups were scattered through the crowd, their members texting, taking pictures and creatively protesting by wearing pro-life stickers on their faces and carrying placards which did not bear jarring images or messages, but took a predominantly gentler tone such as: Abolish Abortion Courageously or I am the pro-life generation.

 

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