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22 Jan, 2010 22:18

Pro-life activists descend on DC

On the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States, the issue continues to divide Americans.

Their chants could be heard from miles away: “We love babies! Yes we do! We love babies! How ‘bout you?” As time passes and we near the 40-year anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, when the Supreme Court decided to legalize a woman’s right to get an abortion. Since that time, the fight has gained momentum, with more than 100,000 people said to be at this year's march.

The tone this year was a little different, with many people holding signs taking aim at the White House, with signs like, “Mr. Obama, Tear down these clinics,” and “The Democratic Party is the Devil.” 

Several protesters spoke about their anger about the healthcare bill, particularly the one being debated in the Senate, including Gene Williams who asserted that providing funding for women who wish to get abortions is the equivalent of murder for hire.

“ The way that there’s so many pro-choice people in this administration that want to actually to kill more babies and kill of old people that know anything about this country,” Williams said. 

As usual, the March for Life was an emotional event for many, like Denise Barrett. “I’m here because when I was younger I had abortions,” Barrett said. “And and I wish I had been told the truth, that abortion is murdering a child.”

People who came out ranged in age from infant to the elderly, with an overwhelming number of young people, mostly teenagers, who came out with their church groups. Churches are highly responsible for keeping this movement alive, and also funding it, often spending thousands of dollars to bus their members out from as far away as California. Many who came out for the 2010 March for Life have high hopes that Roe v. Wade will be overturned someday.