PRO-LIFE WALK EXPECTED TO DRAW INCREASED NUMBERS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 19, 2010) — This Friday, January 22, 2010, the 37th annual March for Life will take place in Washington, DC, sponsored by the March for Life organization, which has sponsored the event every year since 1974.
Incorporated as a “non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization,” the group bases its activities on “Life Principles,” which begin with “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all human beings are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which is the right to life,…” There are nine Life Principles in all.
The first March for Life drew about 20,000 people, with 200,000+ attending in the years 2003-2007. According to their website, “These growing numbers give testimony to the increasing ranks of prolife Americans and to the importance of the March’s work.”
The march is preceded by a convention on Thursday, January 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, and concludes with the “Rose Dinner” on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
At noon on Friday, participants will begin their trek at the Mall & 7th Street, proceeding along Constitution Avenue and up Capitol Hill, stopping at the Supreme Court and Congress. Each participant is encouraged to visit the office of his or her congressman and senators to “overturn Roe v. Wade on behalf of the innocent preborn boys and girls…”
Professor Robert George, co-author of The Manhattan Declaration, will be the keynote speaker at the Rose Dinner. Dr. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. In December 2008, Professor George received the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a civilian by the United States.
Members of Congress who spoke at last year’s March for Life included Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
For those who cannot make it to Washington, online participation is available at the Virtual March for Life. As of today, 25,567 people have signed up for the Virtual March.
The Sunday following the March for Life has been designated as “Sanctity of Life Sunday” by many churches across the country. PersonhoodUSA is reporting that this year, pastors will be encouraging their congregations to sign Personhood petitions in Montana, Colorado, Mississippi, Florida and California, where state ballot personhood initiatives have been initiated. Those in Colorado and Mississippi “are getting close to having enough signatures to put personhood amendments on the ballot.”
PersonhoodUSA, founded in November 2008 by Cal Zastrow and Keith Mason, is active in 40 states and will have representatives at the March for Life on Friday. Its primary mission is “to serve Jesus by being an Advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, the pre-born child.”