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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 20, 2014

March for Life draws large crowd

By Karen Crossland | Feb 14, 2013

To the editor:

Jan. 22, 2013, marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, that, along with the companion case of Doe v. Bolton, legalized the killing of unborn children throughout all nine months of pregnancy. We have lost 55 million Americans because of those decisions.

I had heard there was a March for Life in Washington, D.C. every year on or around Jan. 22, where pro-life people come together to stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves — but there is never much news coverage about this event. I had the opportunity to attend this year’s march to see for myself just what takes place — and it was amazing! The estimated size of the crowd was between 500,000 and 650,000 people! And yet, the media coverage was paltry at best. If the media had covered the event, they could have told the story of the young man who addressed the crowd, telling that he was the “product” of rape, but because his mother courageously gave him life and placed him for adoption, he has a wonderful life. The media could have told the stories of the women who are “Silent No More” about their abortions and how much they regret their “choice” to end the lives of their unborn children.

An event will be taking place in Iowa City that is of great importance. The 2013 Spring 40 Days for Life event begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, and runs through Sunday, March 24. This is a 40-day period of prayer and fasting to end abortion. Abortion, the killing of an unborn child in the womb, is so evil that it will only be overcome by prayer and fasting and by reaching out in love and compassion to anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Johnson County Right to Life of Iowa City is sponsoring the 40 Days for Life event, asking people to come and pray in front of the Emma Goldman Clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. People will pray there between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for these 40 days. If you want more information or want to sign up for a time slot, please go to www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity. If you are unable to go to Iowa City, please set aside time to pray for an end to abortion. Prayer is powerful!

I came away from the March for Life full of hope for our nation. Most participants were high school and college students, proclaiming that they are the pro-life generation that will abolish abortion. Due to the many medical advancements, we now know without a doubt that life begins at conception and that the abortion issue is not really about choice but is the civil rights movement of our day. We must defend the civil rights of the unborn human child. When polled, the majority of Americans now say they are pro-life. How can we have been so blind to the wonder of life in the womb?

 

— Karen Crossland, Fairfield

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