On January 22, 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its infamous Roe v. Wade decision that effectively granted women the right to “terminate” a pregnancy, thus condemning, at last count, over 50 million pre-born babies to death. One year later, on January 22, 1974, pioneering pro-life leader Nellie Gray launched the first March for Life rally that brought 20,000 pro-life activists together on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to pray, protest, and plan for the overturning of the horrific High Court mandate.
On January 25, 40 years after the Roe v. Wade decision, and four days after the inauguration of the nation's most pro-abortion president, this year's observance will convene in communities across the nation as hundreds of thousands of Americans repent for the national sin of abortion and pray for its cessation.
The keynote event, of course, will be the Washington, D.C., March for Life, where rally organizers expect a record crowd that may even eclipse the numbers attending Obama's inauguration. While the president's 2009 inauguration drew some 1.8 million attendees, that number is expected to dip to 600,000 this year. By contrast, there are signs that the numbers for this years Walk for Life rally will far outreach the 400,000 that attended in 2011.
Organizers told the Washington Examiner that one indication that the crowd will dwarf's Obama's event is the number of rooms booked for the pro-life rally. Hotels pre-booked for the March for Life participants “sold out a month ago,” reported the Examiner, “while many Washington hotels report lukewarm interest for rooms during the Inauguration. In 2009, hotels sold out months in advance as an excited nation readied to welcome the first black president.”
Jeanne Monahan, who took over as the director of the March for Life effort after founder Gray's death last year at 88, told the Washington Post that there is an emphasis on reaching a new generation of Americans, many of whom who are more pro-life in their attitudes than their parents. “We’re winning with young people and we’re winning with the American public,”
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