Tragedy and Hope: 39 Years since Roe v. Wade

January 23, 2012

1971 – 2012

In MemoriamWhile we reflect with shame and prayer upon the 39 years of killing more than 54 million innocent pre-born infants here in America, there are hopeful signs that the holocaust could end, God willing, even within our lifetimes. Below are some of the hopeful signs as millions of Americans now call themselves pro-life and work, pray and donate diligently for our cause. Many hundreds of thousands marched last weekend in various cities around the country. More will do so next weekend. Here are a few encouraging reports from some of those marches.

Washington, D.C. March: The First and Now the Largest

March for Life Washington, DCThe nation’s first and largest March for Life is in Washington, D.C. and includes many events over a long weekend. It’s been deemed the largest and longest-running peaceful human rights demonstration for the unborn. More than 100,000 people were expected for the 2012 event, which always includes an ever-increasing number of young people. DC’s March events included The National Prayer Vigil for Life which began at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The vigil lasted through the night and into Monday morning, and typically draws about 20,000 people.

West Coast Marchers Shut Down San
Francisco’s Market Street for Two Miles

Walk for Life West Coast credit Jose AguirreIn the nation’s second-largest pro-life march, tens of thousands of pro-life activists massed in front of San Francisco’s City Hall and then filled the city’s main thoroughfare, walking about two miles down Market Street to the Embarcadero.

Banging drums, playing guitars and chanting “We are pro-life,” the enthusiastic throngs filled Market Street and stopped all traffic for more than a mile. Organizers estimated more than 40,000 attended the Walk.

Thanks to RNC for Life supporter Cathy Critchfield, RNC for Life had a presence at the march with a display booth which distributed our literature and gathered many new subscribers to our weekly E-Notes.

Thousands Brave Snow, Wind, Cold In Washington State

March for Life

The March for Life is the largest annual rally at the state Capitol in Olympia, Washington, averaging more than 5,000 participants annually. The event has taken place in rain, snow, and sun continuously for 34 years. Organizers were thrilled with the 2012 turnout as passionate pro-lifers braved the harsh weather. Based on previous year’s numbers, buses that checked in, and organization officials’ estimates, it is believed that thousands of people rallied on the Capitol steps. While the weather clearly kept many away, it was still a great success.

Started in Texas, Texans Want to End it in Texas

Dallas, TX 2012 March for Life photo: Matthew Warner

In contrast to Washington State’s frigid weather conditions, it was a beautiful day to march for life in Texas. An estimated record 10,000 people prayerfully and peacefully gave voice to the voiceless on the streets of downtown Dallas. They carried thousands of yellow balloons proclaiming LIFE.

It was here in Dallas, 42 years ago, that the now infamous Roe v. Wade case was first filed. It started here and Texans are determined to end it here.

Forty Days for Life Prayer Vigils Results:
More than 5,000 Babies Saved, 19 Abortuaries Closed

Pray to End AbortionThere have now been nine coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns since 2007, mobilizing people of faith and conscience in 422 cities across the United States and Canada, plus communities in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belize, Denmark, England, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico and Spain.

The impressive results of these vigils include:

  • 1,633 individual campaigns have taken place in 422 cities
  • More than 500,000 have joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion
  • More than 14,000 church congregations have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Reports document 5,045 lives that have been spared from abortion – and those are just the ones we know about
  • 61 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry
  • 19 abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns

The Spring 2012 Prayer Vigil campaign will begin soon. If you are interested in learning more or in being a part of 40 Days for Life in your community, click here.

Students for Life Launches Exciting
New Pro-Life “Battle Plan”

Vote Pro-LifeIt is so encouraging to see more and more young people involved in the pro-life movement. Students for Life is partnering with a number of pro-life organizations, including RNC for Life, to promote a pledge to be signed by pro-lifers across America. Those signing will promise two things: 1) to vote in the November election and 2) never to support or vote for a candidate who in any way supports the killing of the pre-born. To sign the pledge yourself, go here. The project also will focus on registering thousands of pro-life people of faith who will also pledge to vote in November only for pro-life candidates. Please help our amazing young pro-life advocates in this important project that can really make a difference!