Tuesday, January 23, 2007

In Washington, Life Marches On

The cold and dreary weather in Washington is a fitting backdrop for the 34th Annual March for Life, an event that has even greater significance this year under the new liberal majority in Congress and a growing list of staunchly pro-abortion presidential hopefuls. Today, as we joined tens of thousands of families who flooded the nation's capital to protest the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade, we reaffirmed with each step that every person, no matter how small or old, is endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights, the first of which is the right to life, regardless of what the Court may say.

Since 1973, America has suffered under the legacy of justices who hijacked our Constitution and invented a woman's so-called right to choose. Now, 45 million casualties later, we face assaults on the sanctity of human life from every front--in clinics, laboratories, classrooms, and the courts. While the war against the unborn sometimes seems insurmountable, today is another reminder that Americans have not forgotten the ugly legacy of Roe.

Across the country, the pro-life movement is gaining ground. Five states have introduced bills to join my home state of Louisiana in banning abortion when Roe is overturned. Others are working to pass legislation that would require doctors to tell pregnant women seeking abortions that their unborn child will feel pain. Elsewhere, states are seeking: tighter regulations on abortion clinics, laws enforcing parental consent before a minor seeks an abortion, increased funds for abstinence-only education, and human cloning bans. Here at FRC, we continue to be on the cutting-edge of the life issue as we hosted a Blogs for Life conference today that was packed with attendees who will help us frame the online debate for life.

(Family Research Council; Tony Perkins' Washington Update; Jan. 22, 2007)