If you missed it, yesterday was the Right to Life March in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. I, myself, went with some other students and faculty from Wheeling Jesuit University. The day started off with Mass at St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Washington, D.C., joining students from other Jesuit universities. After that, it was off to the rally before the march. The weather wasn't the best (a high of 30 degrees Farenheit with snow), but that didn't matter much.
It's important to fight for everyone's God-given right to life. If a person cannot support the right to life for the unborn, then what makes you think the same person will respect the right to life of those already born?
Abortion threatens that right to life with is guaranteed for every person, born or unborn. I would define Abortion as the act of inducing premature labor in the woman, murdering the child (who was just forced out of the uterus) using a variety of methods, all which are intended to cause death, and then vacuuming out the remains because "it's just a fetus; it's not really alive and its existence threatens my own (selfish) goals".
It is important to remember that being pro-life includes more than just being pro-birth. Pro-life means support for all stages of a person's life, from the moment of conception to the natural stages of death. Yesterday's march was a testimony to this idea. Many different types of people from all realms of life came together to march for justice for the unborn that have been (unjustly) murdered as a result of the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe vs Wade. Contrary to popular belief, it's not just the Christians which are there at the march in support of life. At the rally before the march, I saw a group there called Secularists for Life. My friends from Wheeling Jesuit University there at the march with me also saw groups of atheists and agnostics as well, although these groups (probably) have their own reasons for life which may or may not include religion.
I, myself, (and I am sure others also) think think that abortion is unpatriotic and very anti-American. In our own Declaration of Independence, it says that everyone is entitled to three basic rights: the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to the pursuit of happiness. Abortion violates all three of these basic rights. By going through with an abortion, you first deny to the right to life to the unborn. Abortion also denies the liberty of the unborn to, one day, make their own decisions which could change the world, but because of the abortion, this change will never come. The right to the pursuit of happiness is denied to the unborn as a consequence of denying the unborn the right to life. The aborted child will never get his or her chance to have the human experiences that you and I have (every day) and the chance to be happy in life.
If the pro-life movement wants another solution to help end (the availablility of) abortion. I say let abortion clinics be held to the same (federal) inspection standards as other medical facilities. I bet many abortion clinics would be forced to close because od this.
For everyone that went to the march, I hope you had (or will have) a safe trip back to wherever you came from. If you want to share your thought on the March for Life, or pro-life information in general, I invite you to share it via the comment box below.
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