March for Life

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In 1973, America took a major turn down the wrong street with the Roe v. Wade decision, which granted women the right to annihilate their young, rather than encouraging them to embrace life. Today people all over are still mourning that decision, including the lead plaintiff in the case, later identified as Norma McCorvey.

That decision marked an incredibly sad day for this country. Americans aren't, however, sitting in a corner nursing a defeatist attitude. No, many continue to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. One way they do so is through participation in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. This year's march, which will take place tomorrow, continues that practice of fighting for those who are the most innocent and vulnerable among us--the unborn.

To those who are offended by this continued unrelenting effort, I have a message: we are not going away. More Americans than ever are now pro-life, more Americans are determined to support the sanctity of human life, and we will persevere by putting feet to our faith through peaceful demonstrations like the one taking place in our nation's capital tomorrow.

Among those compassionate, unbending Americans supporting the cause of life is Governor Sarah Palin. Although she recognizes that at times women find themselves in "less than ideal circumstances," she also understands that with the proper support and encouragement, women can find the strength required to rise above those circumstances having made the conscionable decision to choose life. Today she issued this passionate message called "Marching for a Beautiful Life" via her Facebook page.

Tomorrow the 37th annual March for Life will occur in Washington, D.C. January is a tough month to schedule a march in Washington, but every year hundreds of thousands of everyday Americans from across our nation brave the cold weather on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision to bear a positive witness to the culture of life.

In the years following Roe, we were told that the issue was no longer open for debate and that we should get over it and move on. But we couldn’t get over the stirrings of our conscience or move on from an issue that cuts to the heart of who we are as a nation. Affirming the dignity and worth of every innocent human life and defending the defenseless are fundamental American values. With that in mind, this peaceful, hopeful grassroots crowd of individuals, families and students comes to our capital every year to remind us that every innocent life is beautiful, precious and full of potential. These warrior souls come to show their dedication to the weakest among us: those with special needs, women without anyone to turn to, and children without a voice. They run the helpful pregnancy resource centers, the counseling hotlines, the foster care facilities, the adoption services, and countless other outreach programs that offer compassionate assistance and friendship to women who are struggling. I know from experience the joy and blessings that come from embracing life, and I know how important their work is in helping women choose life despite less than ideal circumstances.

The pro-life movement is pro-women, and it empowers women with the message that we are strong enough and smart enough to be able to pursue education, vocations and avocations while giving life to a child. This movement is largely run by women. In fact, many of the earliest leaders of the women’s rights movement were pro-life – women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, the author of the original Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, who said, “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” Today, more and more young women agree with these feminist foremothers, for they know in their hearts that the culture of life empowers women by offering them real choices. Unfortunately, rather than portray this positive message, the media often focuses on divisions among Americans on this issue. But this annual rally is not about anger and controversy; it’s about a huge grassroots effort to make our voices heard in support of women and their children.

Though I can’t be in Washington tomorrow, my heart is with the marchers. Those of us who can’t be there can still join them online at the Virtual March for Life. Please follow the link and join the tens of thousands of your fellow Americans who are already marching online. Together we can bear witness to the beauty and blessings of the culture of life.

- Sarah Palin

The Governor also tweeted twice on the subject today:

Hearty souls peacefully march4beautiful culture of life tomrrw n DC;37th annivrsry pro-life movemnt led by empowered women;see FaceBook4info

Affirming dignity&worth of every innocent human life&defending the defenseless are fundamental American values,so march peacefully&hopefully

Let us continue in our efforts to make a difference. They have not been in vain.

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