Massive 38th March for Life Reflects Youthful Resolve to Stop Abortion

When abortion activist Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, saw last year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. she was utterly astounded: “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” she told Newsweek. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.”

Abortion advocates like Keenan must be uneasy with the “so-many-so-young” trend.  However, as leaders of the pro-abortion movement get older and focus on retirement, the pro-life movement is ever more youthful, numerous and vibrant.  And nowhere is the resilience and vitality of the pro-life movement more apparent than at the annual March for Life, where hundreds of thousands of Americans stand against the slaughter of the unborn.

On Monday morning, January 24, busload after busload of pro-lifers rolled into the Capitol eager to peacefully oppose abortion and roll back the culture of death.  Bishops, priests and religious were also there as parishes and schools came to protest the slaughter of the innocents.

As the march proceeded up Constitution Ave., its sheer size was massive.  The crowd – estimated at 300,000 – filled the width of the avenue from side to side and stretched into the horizon as far as the eye could see.  What a sight.

Why don’t the major media networks give this any real attention?  The reason is simple:  Like a barometer, the march indicates that the pro-life movement is alive and well.  The liberal media would rather ignore this fact.

But marchers brave the cold not for media attention but to make reparation before the throne of God for the sin of abortion. Many recite the rosary.  Banners and signs fill the esplanade.  The event, so ably organized by March for Life president Nellie Gray, also brings together a veritable who’s who in pro-life America with cardinals and bishops, senators and congressmen.

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Editor’s note: The pro-death crowd has been killing off huge numbers of “their” side for more than a generation. What do they expect?

5 Cardinals, 39 Bishops, 10,000 faithful pack basilica for Vigil for Life Mass


WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since early afternoon Sunday the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception had begun to fill for the 6:30 pm. National Prayer Vigil for Life Mass in anticipation of the March for Life.  By 6 pm. every nook and cranny of the giant basilica was packed with people.  The booming pipe organ and majestic choir signaled the commencement of the Mass, which began with a massive procession of hundreds of seminarians, deacons and priests followed by 39 bishops and five cardinals.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, was the principal celebrant and homilist, joined at the altar by Cardinals Donald Wuerl of Washington, Francis George of Chicago, Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, and Sean O’Malley of Boston.

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