A record-breaking crowd of an estimated 500,000 pro-life Americans gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Friday to demonstrate their commitment to stand, pray, and work for an end to legalized abortion in America. Marking the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that gave women the “right” to kill their pre-born babies, speakers noted that over 55 million babies have been sacrificed on the altars of convenience and “choice,” while the majority of Americans have stood by, passively accepting the ongoing holocaust.
“Can a nation long endure that does not respect the sanctity of life?” U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the national legislators to speak, asked the sober crowd. “Can a nation conceived in liberty carry its head high if it denies protection to the youngest and most vulnerable of its citizens?” Noting that “great nations and great civilizations spring from a people who have a moral compass,” Paul declared that America “is adrift in a wilderness where right and wrong have become subservient to the hedonism of the moment.” He challenged the crowd that “our country is in need of a revival. I believe our country is in need of a spiritual cleansing.”
Before opening the rally in prayer, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, got a rousing cheer from attendees when he relayed that Pope Benedict had tweeted his support of the rally. “I join all those marching for life from afar,” said the Pope's message, “and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.”
Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum related the journey of life he and his wife Karen have taken with their disabled daughter Bella, who was born with the devastating genetic disorder Trisomy-18. “We were encouraged to abort, because she would be saddled with disabilities and it would be better for her,” Santorum recalled. “But we all know death is never better. What it's about is it would be easier for us.... Bella is better for us, and we are better because of Bella.”
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