by Addia Wuchner, RN, KRTL Executive Director
A week ago today was the 49th Anniversary of the travesty of the Roe v. Wade Court decision. On Friday, January 21st, I participated with hundreds of thousands at the 49th March for Life— under the theme, Equality Begins in the Womb!
Often I am asked why we march. We do not march as a protest, but as a MOVEMENT— thousands as one voice for those who can not speak for themselves.
Thousands upon thousands gathered, marched and prayed at our nation’s capital and in cities and towns around our county. They gathered in churches, many hearts united in one voice to bear witness to the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, affirming: “ALL LIFE IS SACRED!”
Forty-nine years ago, nine men stripped every state legislature of their authority to make the laws in their states that protect their most vulnerable citizens. Nine men, NINE MEN, unraveled the laws prohibiting abortion that were already on the books. On January 22, 1973, the decision of those nine justices not only undermined the laws enacted in over 34 States that protected life, but changed the course of history setting off a deep divide and deforming our nation.
Mother Teresa stated in a message to the Supreme Court in 1994,
The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships…
It was a sad infidelity to America's highest ideals when this Court said that it did not matter, or could not be determined, when the inalienable right to life began for a child in its mother's womb… ref
Momentum is building!
At the March, Life themes, songs and chants filled the air… WE ARE THE PROLIFE GENERATION! Changing Hearts- Changing Minds- Saving Lives! Love Them Both! ProLife, ProWoman, ProScience! Every Life Matters! Value Woman, Value Life! Love Every Heart Beat!
And the psalmist confirms, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
In God’s eyes all human life is sacred. Modern ultrasound imaging has enabled us to have a glimpse of the humanity of the unborn child, and auscultation allows us to hear the child’s beating heart.
A special thank you and shout out to Knights of Columbus for their incredible partnerships and commitment to assist in providing ultrasound machines to so many centers across the country.
A huge prayer of gratitude, lifting up the hundreds of pregnancy care and women’s services across America providing compassionate options for women and men.
A culture and society that devours itself is not sustainable. In ignoring the essence of life, created in the image of God, over time society will be ignorant of itself, and lose the reality of who we are as persons. We become removed from our own sacredness, numbed and the sense of awe and wonder is lost to us.
Yet, as J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
Students for Life our wonderful vanguard
At past Marches and this year, I witnessed the HOPE of humanity, HOPE for our future! I was surrounded by a great ocean of the YOUTHFUL future— young faces, hearts filled will zeal, and shouting, “We are the pro-life generation!”
They will not be silenced; they will not endure another five decades of millions of children lost, mothers and fathers wounded by the great lies of the past 50 years!
On December 1st, as we gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court with Mississippi’s Attorney General as the Dobbs v. Jackson arguments were heard, these youths were there in force and numbers.
In October 2021, they were on the steps of the Supreme Court even before our Kentucky delegation arrived, as Attorney General Cameron and his team sought to establish their right to defend Kentucky’s law banning life dismemberment abortions.
Who are they—this PRO-LIFE GENERATION, Students for Life? They are the future. They are 25% of the population and 100% of the future. They are HOPE. They are Joy! They are equipped and mobilized. They are the Davids against the Goliaths of Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and their giant outpouring of millions of anti-life dollars.
They are our sons and daughters, our nieces and nephews, and our grandchildren. They want justice and compassion. They will no longer tolerate the philosophies and ideologies that have pressured women with lies and led them to sacrifice their unborn children. They will not tolerate government policies that promote the dehumanization of human life.
We gave birth to this pro-life generation. And they are the answers to our prayers.
They joined us in our cries for justice for unborn children and their mothers. And, when Roe is overturned, they will be there with hope, compassion and outstretched arms for the moms and their babies. Can I get an AMEN!