On Monday, thousands of marchers crowded on the National Mall and the streets around the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Their cause: respect for human life and the end of abortion in America.
On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court issued its infamous Roe v. Wade decision that asserted a right to privacy in the Constitution that extended to abortion. Every year thereafter, masses of pro-life marchers have come to Washington to protest that ruling and to promote a culture that properly values prenatal life.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) addressed those assembled this year. In his remarks, he noted:
If you’re like me, when you climb the steps on the other side of the Tidal Basin, you’re awed by Jefferson’s immortal words: “God who gave us life gave us liberty.” These two founding principles, life and liberty, are intertwined. Together, they form the core of our national character. They comprise the standard by which the world looks to us. When we affirm the dignity of life, we affirm our commitment to freedom. When we don’t affirm life … when life is cheapened or weakened, here or abroad, freedom itself is diminished.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations