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March for Life in Washington, D.C., continues for 47 years Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

January 24, 2020, marked the 47th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The theme was  “Pro Life Is Pro Woman.”

Donald Trump was the first U.S. president to address over 100,000 children, teenagers, and adults who participated. Newspapers reported the number was less than previous marches. Surprised?

Sixty million unborn children have died as a result of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions on January 22, 1973, allowing unlimited abortion. This number includes reported “cases” of abortion.

Who in your community watched the March for Life? Did you participate in the D.C. March for Life? How many TV stations aired the entire event?

The original 1974 March for Life was begun by Nellie Gray. “We thought we were going to march one time, and Congress would certainly pay attention to 20,000 people coming in the middle of winter to tell them to overturn Roe v. Wade,” she said.

Congress did not listen. Nellie quit her job to work as a full-time president of the now annual demonstration.

Since 1974, neither treacherous blizzards nor government shutdowns have stopped the March for Life from taking place at our nation’s capital.

The original gathering has since inspired marches around the rest of the world, from Chicago, Ill., to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and San Francisco, Calif., to Zagreb, Croatia. These marches have brought out millions of people with a shared goal, to protest the killing of humans by abortion and to celebrate the right to life.

Marie Gestrich cried when she heard in 1973 the passage of Roe v. Wade, between sobs saying, “Next it will be euthanasia.” While active euthanasia is illegal throughout the U.S., assisted suicide is legal in Washington, D.C., Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, Vermont, Maine, New Jersey, California, and Montana. Wisconsin next?

What are our prayers and actions regarding abortion and euthanasia?

Sr. Rosalia R. Bauer, FSPA, La Crosse