Leonora and I have just returned from the March for Life in Washington DC. This event takes place each year on January 22nd to mark the anniversary of Roe v Wade. Since this law passed in 1973, over 57 million children have been aborted in the US. This figure is almost inconceivable, because even one child losing their life through abortion is a tragedy enough in itself. One of the incredible things about the situation here in the US is that the two women whose stories were used to legalise abortion are now actively pro-life. Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton were the two cases which opened the door to abortion in the US and now Sandra Cano (Mary Doe) and Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) both admit that their stories and situations were used and manipulated by those pushing the legislation through the courts. Norma of Roe v Wade said in an interview last year “I was persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie; to say that I was raped, and needed an abortion…it was all a lie…since then, over 50 million babies have been murdered. I will take this burden to my grave. ” On her website Norma states “I’m 100 percent sold out to Jesus and 100 percent pro-life. No exceptions. No compromise.” In 2003 Sandra Cano launched legal proceedings to try to overturn the case that bears her name. “I was nothing but a symbol in Doe v. Bolton with my experience and circumstances discounted and misrepresented.” Sadly her attempt failed, but she continues to work for then pro-life cause in the firm belief she was “fraudulently used by the Court system to bring abortion to America.”
Now these two women join their pro-life efforts with the hundreds of thousands of people who gather in Washington DC, on a date which must be extremely difficult for them personally, in the knowledge that their names were used to bring about the law which they now fight against with great remorse.
While the March for Life rightly had a very somber tone, the atmosphere at the event and those surrounding the March was incredible. People travelled from all over America and much further afield (like Scotland) to be there and bear witness to the pro-life message. This event brought so many people together who are passionate about the pro-life cause and it’s truly amazing to see the dedication and zeal that drives people in this mission, especially those from America, who wholeheartedly believe that abortion will end in their lifetime & they are giving their lives to make sure it happens. Leonora and I attended 3 big youth events in the lead up to the March for Life & they were all extremely inspiring. We listened to talks by a great number of well known pro-life leaders such as Fr Frank Pavone, Abby Johnson, Dr Alveda King, Lila Rose, Georgette Forney and her team of Silent No More speakers, Bryan Kemper and many more, and as you will see from the pictures, we even managed to meet some of them which was a great privilege.
The theme of this year’s March For Life was “Adoption: A Noble Decision”. After the March itself we attended The Rose Dinner, a prestigious event which marks the end of all the events that have taken place leading up to and including the March. This year’s keynote speaker was Ryan Scott Bomberger, the co-founder and creative director of The Radiance Foundation. Ryan has a unique perspective on this year’s theme, his biological mother was raped yet courageously chose to continue the pregnancy, saving his life. Adopted at 6 weeks old, he grew up in a loving Christian family with 12 siblings, 10 of which were adopted. His life defies the myth of the “unwanted” child as he was adpoted, loved and has flourished. We were priveliged to be able to meet Ryan after his speech and hear his story first hand. His life and life’s work show the alternatives to abortion and dispel the myth that an unintended pregnancy equals ‘unwanted’ or ‘unloved’. Adoption is an act of love, hope and justice, which sadly is rarely discussed or promoted as a powerful, positive alternative to abortion. Adoption proves that women, when faced with a crisis pregnancy, can make a life saving and loving choice for their unborn child.
Thousands of young people gather at these events during the week surrounding the March for Life, to be reinvigorated in the pro-life work that they carry out in their day to day lives. While participating in these events, you really do feel that you are part of a revolution, knowing that the truth is on our side. Leonora and I have been greatly inspired by all the events that we have attended here and aim to bring as much enthusiasm as possible back to Scotland, where we hope that the pro-life revolution will continue to grow. We will be running our very first pro-life roadshow during the second week of August in Scotland & were spreading the news of this at all the events we attended, so we may even have some of the pro-life warriors from the US come over to help us which would be amazing. We hope that some of the fire that has convicted these people’s hearts will spread to Scotland so that we can fight against abortion & the culture of death with the same passion and belief that we can be the generation who will abolish abortion.
With Fr Frank Pavone, Director of Priest for Life and Rachel’s Vineyard
With Georgette Forney, Co-Founder of Silent No More
With Ryan Bomberger, Founder of the Radiance Foundation
At the UN with Fr Justin Wylie, Negotiator for the Holy See