Every year, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the March for Life is held in our nation’s capitol. The first March took place on January 22, 1974, one year after that pivotal court ruling. This year’s March will be next Tuesday, January 22, 2008.
This will be the 35th anniversary of that court decision, and the third year that our family has participated in the March. Two years ago, our oldest son, Kendall, went on the bus with our Church. Last year, he went again, and Alex and Gaylon went along, too. This year he is driving up on his own, and staying with his girlfriend (who he met on his first March for Life!!), and Alex will be riding the bus again. Unfortunately, Gaylon will be unable to attend because of work. This year, after the March is over, our Youth Group will be going to the National Holocaust Museum. I know that will be a powerful experience for all of them.
As many of you may already know, “Roe” in the case is actually Norma McCorvey. She came forward quite a few years ago with the announcement that she is now a Christian, and would have never had an abortion if she had known all the facts back then. There is an interesting article about her on CNN. Apparently she is now very much against abortion.
I am proud of my children for participating in the March. They are taking advantage of their Constitutional right to peaceful assembly, and they learn so much from it each time they go. I am a firm believer that if we do not know what our rights are and put them into action, we are in danger of losing them. The March for Life, with thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children participating each year, certainly meets that criteria.
As with any such event, there are always protestors. Some of them just carry signs, others are much more aggressive. Gaylon said “It’s really mondo-bizzaro. You have people standing there, shouting at you and screaming all sorts of things.” He added that there are posters and displays that he really wouldn’t want our ten year old daughter to see, but they make a powerful point.
Right now, my biggest concern is the weather. Apparently we do have another winter storm coming in, and D.C. is always a cold place to be in January. Please pray for everyone who plans to be a part of the March. Our buses are scheduled to pull out at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning, and they will be back late Wednesday evening. Kendall should be fine, since he is already in D.C.