After nearly 50 years of marching, pro-life advocates are hopeful that this could be the year that they finally see the fruit of their labor — the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The crowd was smaller than it has been in past years probably due in part to the ongoing spread of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting COVID restrictions.
Still, tens of thousands braved the cold in Washington D.C. to take a stand for the unborn.
And there was a distinct sense of hope among the pro-lifers as they marched for the most vulnerable of humanity who have no voice.
Here is Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, speaking on fox News about the optimism of pro-life activists ahead of the March:
Mancini the crowd that Roe is not settled law and “we are hoping and praying that this year, 2022, will bring a historic change for life.”
“If Roe falls, the battle lines will change, but make no mistake the fight for life will need to continue in the states and here in D.C.,” said Mancini.
And there’s certainly reason to be optimistic.
The now conservative-leaning Supreme Court is not only willing to hear pro-life cases but is siding with life.
The Court is currently deciding the legality of a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks. The decision could mean bad news for Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — the very cases that are central to legalized abortion in the U.S. Together, they are viewed by some as “super precedent”, but others reject that and admit that sometimes legal decisions even by the Supreme Court are wrong — as is the case with Dred Scott v. Sanford.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case about a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, is before the high court, which currently has a GOP-appointed 6-3 majority. As Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network noted in a recent opinion piece in Fox News about the Dobbs case, “The [Mississippi] statute conflicts with the court’s controlling abortion cases, Roe, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which held that laws may not pose an undue burden on abortion prior to viability.”…
…Also just ahead of the 2022 March for Life on Friday, Dave Kubal, president of Intercessors for America (IFA), a 501c3 ministry group based in Virginia, told Fox News Digital, “This year of 2022 could be the last March for Life under the crushing weight of Roe v. Wade.”
He added, “This could be the year we see all of the hard work and sacrifices made by so many over so many decades come to fruition. We believe that this year, we will see a culture of life restored in this nation.”
He noted that “hundreds of thousands are joining in person, and many millions are joining together in prayer as the Supreme Court considers the historic Dobbs case. We’re also seeing momentum at the state level, as states are asserting their right to address this issue themselves.”
Source: Fox News
Roe has been criticized — even by pro-choicers — for being a bad legal decision that was made on ideological grounds and not the law.
The pro-abortion activists chose to be disgusting (as usual) on the eve of the march and projected pro-abortion messages on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a prayer vigil to end abortion.
Catholics For Choice is a progressive organization that advocates for abortion and other “social justice” issues.
— Kate Kelly (@Kate_Kelly_Esq) January 20, 2022
The protest was slammed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone who called the display “diabolical” and an “attempted desecration.”
The attempted desecration is enormous. Diabolical. Mother Mary, pray for them, now and at the hour of death. Amen. https://t.co/F89HCPnHUS
— Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@ArchCordileone) January 21, 2022
But let’s not end on that.
Here is keynote speaker Father Mike Schmitz giving a fantastic address:
It’s not over. There is so much at stake — millions of lives have been lost to abortion because of a bad legal decision in 1973. It’s time for it to end.
This is no time to get complacent or to stop praying.
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.