The annual March for Life will take place on January 20th in Washington, D.C., on the 50th anniversary of the infamous 1973 Supreme Court decision. Despite the overturning of Roe vs Wade, the forces of Good are still on the march, because there is still a great deal of work to be done before the wicked violence of abortion is done away with for good.
But there are some voices - leftist 'Catholics' as well as the abortion lobby and feminists - who hate the March for Life and are saying that it is no longer necessary. Right now they are doing all they can to get it cancelled, or at least to dissuade some people from going in the hope of making it much smaller. So why do they hate it so much?
First, a march signifies a forward movement in sync with others. Pro-abortion forces can deal with an unfocused and fragmented movement. However, the word “march” contains the notion of strength being united and directed toward a given goal.
Over the millennia, military men developed marches to help troops move to where they were needed. The use of coordinated action and rhythm creates dynamism and momentum. The individual overcomes weaknesses and draws strength from the collective action. The soldier knows he is part of something greater than himself.
Over the decades, the March for Life has served the purpose of uniting the movement and making all parties feel they are part of a huge single thrust engaged in the battle for the culture. Each pro-lifer becomes part of something greater, moving in sync toward the year’s new battles.
The sight of hundreds of thousands marching forward every year in Washington cannot fail to strike fear in pro-abortion advocates. The march is much more than a rally or protest. It is a youthful force set in motion that creates the impression of invincibility. That is why the left hates it and why pro-lifers must keep marching.
Second, the March for Life is an energetic forward movement that instills a sense of purpose and militancy. The March makes the pro-life struggle more than just a discussion or debate. It is a passionate battle for the soul of America. It involves an intensity of action like that of a soldier, albeit on the cultural battlefield. It calls for organization, adaptability and cunning against an enemy with enormous resources and power.
Thus, the march incorporates the sense of a true battle calling for sacrifice and resolve. Every year, the March for Life requires great dedication as people come from all over the country to unite. The March must fight against a hostile establishment and media that carefully watches (yet always underreports) its every move. The other side must admit that in its fifty-year history, the March has always been peaceful and legal, and its millions of participants have never caused any incidents of violence.
The event is an occasion to energise pro-lifers and fuse them together with a singular purpose. The overwhelming numbers give a sense of the movement’s strength year after year. The other side has nothing comparable.
Finally, people hate the March for Life because it attaches the movement to a noble cause. Throughout history, marches often represent movements pursuing lofty purposes. This national event binds all who hold life precious to the highest of causes.
More than just the lives of unborn babies, people gather to defend the underlying moral principles and, above all, God’s cause. The march is full of religious symbols, prayers and petitions. The multitudes who march are those who grieve for the sins of the nation. Their participation is a prayer to the Most High, imploring His intervention.
Thus, participants at the event sense the Divine Grace and presence that encourages them to continue marching, despite all odds. There is no other way to explain the persistence and tenacity of the pro-life movement save by this Divine action.
The left also senses and fears this action, which is so well manifested at the March.
For all these reasons, we urge every US follower to do everything possible to attend - and encourage others to attend - the 2023 March for Life!