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March for Life 2017
 

March for Life is an annual national event which brings together all Americans supporting the right to life from the moment of conception to natural death. The march takes place on or around the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade. This year's 44th March for Life took place on Friday, January 27th in Washington D.C.

The massive crowds of people came from across the country in different groups or denominations to show their support and care for life, especially for those who are unborn and have no voice of their own in this world. Among them was a group from our Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA. Our group, led by Pauline Fathers - Fr. Timothy Tarnacki and Fr. Marcin Mikulski, left early in the morning to attend the march and rally in the our nation's capital.

The theme of the 2017 March for Life was „The Power of the One", inspired by the words of a famous writer J.R.R. Tolkien: "Even the smallest person can change the course of history."  This idea serves to build a culture of life, because we know that even one person can make a difference in the world. But unfortunatelly , in the U.S. alone, more than 1 million babies are not even given the opportunity to live and change the world each year, and since the approval of the  Roe v. Wade, 58 million babies have been murdered in abortions. That is why one of the major goals of the Pro-Life Movement is to end abortion and to  provide everyone with an opportunity to make a difference in the world.

The rally started on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The crowd of pro-life supporters was greeted by Jeanne Manicini, the President of the March for Life. Following her address other speakers appeared on the platform such as: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City, Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Director and founder of "And Then There Were None", Karyme Lozano, Mexican telenovela star, Eric Metaxas, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and host of The Eric Metaxas Show, Benjamin Watson, Tight End for the Baltimore Ravens, and others. The most notable speakers were surely the representatives of the newly elected governemnt officials: Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to President Trump and the Vice President of the United States of America Mike Pence, who was introducted to the crowd by his wife. It was for the first time in the history that a Vice President gave a speach at the March for Life event.

In his speach, the Vice President, reminded that it is not his first March for Life, but that he and his wife have been a long time supporters of the pro-life movement. He also have said that President Donald Trump has asked him personally to attend thie year's event. "Life is winning in America and today is a celebration in that progress," - said Vice President Pence, firing up the crowds gathered at the rally. His speach also gave hopes to many, that in the near future, Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the US, will be defunded and that Roe v. Wade might be finally overturned. He ended his speach by encouraging everyone, and  calling them not to be judgmental of others: "Let this movement be known for love, not anger. For compassion. Not confrontation."

Finishing up the rally by the Washington Monument, hundreds of thousands marched to the Capitol building and to the Supreme Court. Many were singing and praying, while others walked in silence, but everyone showed their support for the movement to protect the most precious gift of life. This year's March for Life surely gave everyone more hope and joy in in this struggle to end abortion and to save every single human life.

Fr. Timothy Tarnacki

 

 
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