Every year, they come. By car, by the busload. In fact, many, many busloads. Some are very old. Others very young. Teens, twenty-somethings, moms, dads, grandparents, veterans, religious and non-religious types, members of Congress…and women who themselves have been wounded in the name of “choice”.
They brave the cold, unpredictable and often dreary Washington, D.C. winter weather to stand in the gap for the most innocent and defenseless among us: unborn children. But today, sunny skies and moving testimonies ruled the day.
Unlike those in opposition to their cause, those who make the trip to the nation’s capital to take part in the annual March for Life aren’t there to celebrate the infamous decision that the Supreme Court made 42 years ago when abortion became the law of the land. They come to celebrate life. They come to speak for those unable to speak for themselves, and to remember all of those innocent children who never had a chance to speak: they are the nameless, faceless victims of more than 4 decades of “choice”. They committed no crimes for which they are being punished, but someone else’s choice sentenced them to death in the one place where they should have been safe: inside their mother’s wombs.
The theme of this year’s march, “Every Life is a Gift”, seeks to bring special attention to unborn children that are the most vulnerable: those who have been identified as having a disability prior to birth. One member of Congress, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington), told the crowd how her own son, a 7-year-old with Down syndrome, has made her even more dedicated to the pro-life cause by repeating the theme of the day saying, “Every child and every life is a gift”.
Meanwhile, the “courageous” new Congress backed off on a vote that was to have coincided with the March for Life. The bill would have banned abortions after 20 weeks (when an unborn child can feel pain) except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is endangered. This was the same bill that was passed overwhelmingly by the GOP lawmakers in 2013, but some of the women in Congress are now concerned about the law’s requirement that in cases of rape, the woman must have reported it to police. They say this will adversely affect women in that situation, many of whom do not report incidents of rape out of fear. However, many of these same lawmakers were for this law…before they were against it.
The GOP did throw a bone to the marchers today…they passed a bill that bans taxpayer funds from providing most abortions, particularly through the Obamacare exchanges. They should have stayed strong and sent the 20-week bill to our veto-happy (now that Republicans control both houses of Congress) and very pro-abortion president. It would have been a good move to get him on record as president saying “no” to something that most polls say the majority of Americans are in favor of—more restrictions on late-term abortions. Isn’t it nice to know that the U.S. will remain one of just 7 nations in the world to allow this procedure? Two other big names on the list of seven are China and North Korea…such good company we’re in when it comes to valuing human life.
If the Republicans in Congress can’t manage to pass a bill supported by the majority of Americans when they hold both houses, how will they ever be able to tackle the really tough things the nation is facing?
Same stuff…different year.