Marching for Life is getting somewhere

24464119121_868a72f478_zToday is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., where thousands of pro-lifers will commemorate the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, by demonstrating against abortion and for the sanctity of life.

We’ll see if this mass demonstration gets as much media coverage as the recent Women’s March, which specifically excluded pro-life women.  I suspect not.

But the pro-life cause is making progress.  Abortion rates have dropped below the level they were before Roe v. Wade.  (That ruling legalized abortion nation-wide.  But it was already legal in some states.)

The number of abortion clinics has plummeted.

And the new Republican regime is implementing pro-life measures.  President Trump signed an executive order stopping taxpayer dollars from promoting and supporting abortion overseas.

And the House of Representatives has just passed a bill that would make permanent the Hyde Amendment, preventing taxpayer money from paying for abortions in this country.  (Currently, the Hyde Amendment has to be renewed every year.  This bill would make it a permanent statute.)  The measure also has language that applies the restriction to government subsidized insurance, to Obamacare or whatever replaces it.  (Details after the jump.)

Also, prospects look good for defunding Planned Parenthood.  And a pro-life Supreme Court justice is on the horizon.

There is still a lot to march about, but pro-lifers are at least making progress towards their destination. [Read more…]

From pro-abortion to pro-life

Friday was the March for Life, marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  To mark that occasion, read Frederica Mathewes-Green writing about why she changed her views about abortion, going from strongly “pro-choice” to strongly “pro-life.”  Read her whole essay, linked after the jump.  I post a powerful excerpt. [Read more…]

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

Today is the March for Life, a day to protest the Roe v. Wade decision, which opened the door to the abortion of untold millions of children.

Last Sunday was designated as “Life Sunday.”  One of the readings was about the calling of Nathanael (John 1:43-51), whose first words when Philip told him about Jesus was “can anything good come out of Nazareth” (1:46)?  You have got to see how Pastor Douthwaite tied that to life issues. [Read more…]

March for Life day

Today is the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.  So thousands of protesters will march on Washington for the annual March for Life.  It will be a cold, cold day in our nation’s capital, but not as cold as the hearts of those who see nothing wrong with abortion. [Read more…]

Three Lutheran churches on the life issue

Lutheran ethicist Robert Benne attended the March for Life, which occasioned some interesting reflections on how different Lutheran church bodies approach the abortion controversy.

The Missouri Synod had gathered several hundred with whom we marched. Lutherans for Life—an umbrella organization—provided an additional banner under which another couple hundred marched. However, a stunning realization came to me: I saw not one mainline Protestant banner or organized group. Of course, I could have missed them amid the immensity of the march, but it is safe to say they were not there in any significant mass. That was true for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which more and more resembles mainline liberal Protestantism. [Read more…]

March for Life

The March for Life takes place Friday, a massive demonstration in Washington, D.C., against abortion, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.  This is the 40th anniversary of that infamous ruling and the 40th march.  Hundreds of thousands of people will march through the streets of our nation’s capital.

I know quite a few people who will be there, including folks from our church.  If you join the march, please tell us about it this weekend in the comments. [Read more…]