Life triumphs over death

My life is preciousThis morning as New Zealand awoke to a new day, tens of thousands of pro-lifer’s marched along the streets of Washington DC to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the passing of Roe v Wade.

The March for Life is an annual event opposing the legislation that legalised the killing of unborn children in the US.  That legislation also opened the door for other countries to follow suite.

It is an event where all people come together in solidarity to speak up for those with no voice.  It is an event that acknowledges the pain that women who have had abortions experience.  It is an event that speaks of healing for those women and men.  It is an event that proclaims that human life, from the very moment of conception is precious, unrepeatable and worth protecting.

The secular media will largely ignore the March.  They do not want the world to see the groundswell of support for life-affirming legislation.  They do not want the message of truth to reach those who have not heard.

The importance of the March for Life worldwide is significant.  Roe v Wade, based on lie, has influenced States throughout the world as they have drafted their own abortion legislation.  America today, to a large extent, continues to inform both pro-life and pro-abortion debates all across the globe.

Pope Francis knows this significance.  He tweeted today:

I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers.  May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable.

For this pro-lifer on the other side of the world, being able to watch the March and participate via the internet, inspires me to keep up the fight for life.  The sight of so many thousands of people marching for truth, for love, for life, stirs such a passion.  One day I know that all human life, from the moment of conception until natural death will be held as sacred by all of society.   One day abortion will no longer plague our land.

Life ultimately triumphs over death.

 

Check out these photos at LifeSiteNews.com of the March for Life!

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Half a Million March for Life

march for life 2013Yesterday an estimated 500,000 people marched for life in Washington DC.  They braved the cold and snow to show their President and their country, that life is worth is protecting from the very first moment of conception.  They marched for truth.  They marched for justice.  They marched for love.

Pope Benedict XVI tweeted a message to the participants

 I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.

Reference was made to the rising false compassion that exists in society and among medical professionals where abortion is offered to couples whose unborn child has been given an adverse diagnosis.  Rick Santorum, who recently campaigned for the right to run against President Obama in the US elections, has a little girl, Bella who has Trisomy 18.  Rick spoke with his wife

The response to this little girl and the struggles she was going through and who she was…was just amazing to us, and affirmed to us the goodness of the people in this country.  We were encouraged to abort, because she would be saddled with disabilities and it would be better for her – 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.

Addressing those who are faced with the prospect of their child having a disability or life-limiting condition, Santorum said “give them a chance. Welcome them in to your home.”

The March for Life was a culmination of events, which included youth rallies, prayer vigils and a Vigil Mass.  40 years since Roe v Wade has seen a great number of young people – people who could have been aborted legally – join the tide of change which is sweeping America.  Each year the numbers of youth steadily rise.  This year was no exception.  It is reported that 30,000 attended youth rallies.

One of the most powerful (and there were many) statements came from Rep. Chris Smith who spoke passionately, directing his speech to President Obama who at his inauguration last week spoke of caring for the most vulnerable

Know this Mr. President, we will never quit. In adversity our faith and trust in God is tested, but it also deepens and overcomes and forges an indomitable yet humble spirit.

Know this, the pro-life movement is comprised of noble, caring, smart and selfless people.  It is an extraordinarily powerful, non-violent, faith-filled human rights struggle that is growing in public support, intensity, commitment and hope.

And know this Mr. President, the pro-life movement is not only on the side of compassion, justice, and inclusion; we are on the right side of responsible science and of history.

And Chris Smith is right.  The truth will always prevail.  The great cause for life will never be forgotten by future generations.  One day, people will be marching in Washington DC  celebrating the day that Roe v Wade is overturned and all people from the moment of conception will be given the right to life.

Defending Life Without Counting the Cost

March 22nd saw the anniversary of America’s Roe v Wade decision (1973) which made abortion legal in the United States.
For 39 years, thousands have marched in Washington DC on this day, speaking up for those who have no voice.  Asking that abortion be eradicated from their country.

As someone who lives outside of the States I believe these people also march for the defenceless in other countries.  For it is the Roe v Wade decision that opened up abortion in many countries.  New Zealand’s own law legalising abortion in certain circumstances (which is now exploited as abortion on demand) was passed in 1977.

On the weekend I watched “A Courageous Heart”, a movie about the work of Irena Sendler, a Catholic social worker in Poland during WWII.  Irena knew that she had to protect the Jewish children from certain death.  She saved 2,500 children smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto and placing them with Christian families.  This was only possible by the great effort of many, many people who placed their own lives at risk if found out by the Gestapo.

Irena eventually was found out and taken for questioning.  She would not betray those who had helped her save the children and suffered greatly for it.  While Irena never died for saving the children, some of her co-workers did.

It is this great courage of conviction that each one of us needs today.  Every individual must make the choice to defend life each and every day, never counting the cost.  The circumstances have changed, but the urgency is just as great.  During World War II, it was the Jewish people, the disabled, the artists and the gypsies who were targeted as being “not fit”.  Today it is the most vulnerable – unborn children, the disabled and the elderly who are targeted as “not fit”.

Let us have one voice, defending life in New Zealand and throughout the world.  Each of us working in the areas that have been placed upon our hearts.  Let us not be afraid.  Let us be strong, faithful and steadfast, never counting the cost.