The March for Life has been called THE ULTIMATE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.  It doesn’t get any bigger and it doesn’t get any more important.   There are no civil rights without life.

I marched for life every January for many years until these old legs just couldn’t take it any more. It was always awesome. I would come home and expect to see photos and news reports of the thousands who traipsed to Washington annually just to protest the murder of the innocent. And I was always disappointed. If there was anything at all in the media it never showed the pro-life masses amassed and always showed the handful of “pro-choicers” — so as to be fair and balanced.   Hardly.

So today, thanks to LIVE EWTN coverage, I watched the 38th March for Life on my computer. (I didn’t expect mainstream TV to show it to me! A turn-out of several hundred thousand means nothing if it doesn’t agree with your politics! See last year’s post.)

“You can’t understand it until you experience it,” said a 16-year-old who had come on a bus all the way from Iowa.” Many at the March are young people and students who say they didn’t expect to see “hundreds of thousands” marching in the cold for life. They see it as “eye-opening” and plan to come back next year. A group came from a boys’ African-American school in New Orleans and described it as overwhelming. “It’s so inspiring!” Has he heard that 60% of black pregnancies end in abortion?

Teresa Tomeo interviewed many young folks, Knights of Columbus, sisters, priests, and just plain people. She said it was “great to feel old” in the presence of so many young pro-lifers – it’s not the bunch of old folks that you might expect. Each year the march seems to have more and more young people. The young folks “know it’s a baby,” and they haven’t yet formed political alliances that try to tell them different. As Father Pavone said, 70% of highschoolers are prolife but when they get to college it goes down to about 20%.

The way I see it you can no more deny the humanity of the baby in the womb than that of the black man on the plantation. We do not own them, so that we can dispose of them; they are human beings,  gifts to be received and treated as such.

I read estimates for the crowd size at 300 to 400,000.  You didn’t read that in your daily paper, did you?  Did you see them on TV for more than a passing glimpse?  What else doesn’t the mainstream media tell you?