March for Life D.C and South Africa
The “March for Life”, a peaceful Pro-Life demonstration that usually takes place on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe vs Wade, took place in Washington D.C on January 22nd 2015 under the theme: “Every Life is a Gift.”
What began in 1973 as a small demonstration the March for Life campaign rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.
With some estimates that put the numbers at this year’s march at close to 500 000, the day’s events included Masses, prayer vigils, pilgrimages for high school and college students, many testimonies to the pain of abortion from both women and men, and hi-light for journalist Kathryn Jean Lopez took place in the Verizon Center which was filled with 18000 people listening to the address by Washington D.C’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl who encouraged the young people discerning religious vocations to stand up. According to Ms Lopez the “applause were not only a matter of encouragement for them, but a countercultural force to be reckoned with”.
The only reason I and very few other South Africans know about it is because we have the independent Catholic TV channel, EWTN which delivered not only the intense build up to and planning of the event but gave excellent coverage of the march on the 22nd.
According to Brent Bozell, president of the U.S based Media Research Center, who criticized the major broadcasting networks for their bias in choice of topics, there was far too little media coverage of the march – giving it all of 15 seconds and “only in the context of the failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act after a protest by some House Republicans”
“If these were a few dozen hipsters protesting corporate profits while taking selfies with iPhones, the networks would have wall-to-wall coverage. The media cannot be bothered to cover 200,000 pro-lifers who came to Washington in the middle of winter to march for the unborn,” said Bozell.
He commented that the lack of coverage at the March for Life calls into question the credibility of the networks. “It’s shameful. … If you’re standing up for the most vulnerable in our society, the media turn a deaf ear,” said Bozell
Where are we in South Africa? The March for Life peaceful demonstration is not only for the Americans. With one of the highest rates in the world of Abortion on demand and the high rates of so-called ‘botched’ and ‘backstreet’ abortions, our South African women are crying. The pain from abortion and the silent tears that are shed, is unfathomable but real. Most of these women leave the Aborttoires with no psychological after care and they are left to their own devices to deal with the pain – pain that so often they cant name. It’s time to take up the Awareness banner, take on the fight to protect the women of our country from this evil that too often leaves a trail of long term psychological and spiritual pain. The Pro-life movement in South Africa has too long been a silent campaign for the many who are fighting against the ‘Culture of death”. When will a Pro-Life March become an annual event in this country? How will our Media respond?
National review Online Kathryn Jean Lopez
About Marie-Anne te Brake
Happily married to Christo for 36yrs, mother of 4, grandmother of 5, almost 6. Enthusiastic Catholic, Lay Counselor, Sexuality Educator, Theology of the Body enthusiast and Chairperson of Foundation for the Person and the Family