Pro-Lifers Gather for March in D.C., Lament 50-Million-Plus Babies Killed Since Roe v. Wade

By Michael W. Chapman and Jon Street | January 24, 2013 | 9:57pm EST

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( – The annual March for Life, to protest the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, occurs on Friday in the nation’s capital, and in preparing for the event numerous pro-life activists have commented on the legacy of Roe and the need to keep fighting for life and against abortion in America.

Since the Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide, there have been “nearly 50 million legal abortions,” according to the Guttmacher Institute, whose data cover 1973 through 2008.   Using Guttmacher and numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, and estimating for 2009 and 2011, the National Right to Life Committee reports that there have been 54, 559,615 abortions since Roe v. Wade.

Commenting on the 40-year legacy of Roe v. Wade, the Americans United for Life (AUL) group in a statement said, “As a result of Roe, the United States is one of the four nations with the most radical abortion policies in the world. The U.S. stands with North Korea, China and Canada in allowing abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason (such as sex selection) and sometimes with government subsidies.”

“On this sad day we have to wonder who we are missing?” said the AUL. “With so many women and their unborn children injured and lost to abortion, we reflect on the importance of pressing on.”

January 22 marked the actual anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. The March for Life was scheduled for Jan. 25 so as not to overlap with the presidential inauguration and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21.

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Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, said on Tuesday,  “Just one day after America celebrated civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and his leadership in the fight for civil rights, today we remember the 55 million human beings who had the most basic right and freedom tragically stolen from them through abortion, the first right of all -- the right to life.      Without the right to life, there are no other rights.”

Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, said, “It is extremely difficult to think about what one might say after 40 years of decriminalized barbarism. Yes, that is exactly what abortion is—and yet most people are blind to the effect it has had on the family and on our nation.”

“We must vow to remove the word ‘abortion’ from the political lexicon that has relegated it to a debate between conservatives and liberals,” said Brown. “We must direct our focus on getting our fellow Americans to think in terms of human beings and the reality of abortion. Changing the discussion and refocusing on human beings will dramatically alter the paradigm that has been put in place by the culture of death. The word ‘baby’ must replace the word ‘issue.’”

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said that because of Roe v. Wade, “The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation is missing. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives.”

However, “this generation is determined to set it right. We're products of the late 1980s and 90s: we've seen the ultrasounds of our siblings,  Googled ‘abortion’  and seen the bloody images, and sat with a friend as she cried about her abortion,” said Hawkins.

“This youth generation is the most pro-life generation of young people since 1973," she said.  "We're more pro-life than even our parents' generation. And this week our presence will be known as this generation will be the predominant participants in Friday's March for Life in Washington and Saturday's Walk for Life in San Francisco.”

On Tuesday, Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, criticized President Barack Obama for remarks he made in his inauguration speech on Monday.

“When President Obama invoked Seneca Falls yesterday in his Inaugural Address, he sought to call attention to the first women’s rights convention in that upstate New York town in 1848,” said Donahue.

“What he didn’t say is that the organizer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, saw abortion as another case of treating women like property,  and it was degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit," said Donahue.

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Republican lawmakers were not immune from criticism by pro-life leaders. Operation Rescue President Troy Newman singled out House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

“It’s now years since Boehner became Speaker, every dime of federal overspending requires House Republican approval and yet, our federal government is still borrowing at $50,000 per second, partly for the evil of national debt-financed abortion subsidies to Planned Parenthood,” said Newman.

“Our message to Boehner and his cowardly, caving caucus: You’re good for nothing if you fail to end debt-financed abortion subsidies, if you keep Planned Parenthood on the federal dole, if you refuse to end borrowing for baby-killing.”

While numerous pro-life activities are occurring Friday in the nation's capital, the main March for Life rally starts at 12:00 p.m. on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets and the march up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court starts at 1:30 p.m.

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