January 22, 2012 marked the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — that infamous decision from the United States Supreme Court that removed legal protection from unborn children and opened the door for abortion on demand in this country. Since then more than 54 million unborn children have died from abortion and the lives of millions more, both men and women, have been forever scarred from trauma suffered due to the fateful exercise of their so-called “right to choose.”
This last week I was a participant in Washington, D.C. with over 100,000 people, both young and old, at the annual March for Life. This event is held yearly to commemorate the horrendous and fateful decision of Roe and to pray for an end to abortion on demand. I left this event more encouraged than I have been in a long time and hopeful that perhaps America is on the verge of a great turnaround on this issue.
In attendance were thousands of young people under the age of thirty protesting what abortion has done to their generation. One young couple with three small children shared with me how abortion had impacted the lives of their families because several siblings had undergone abortions. They talked about the pain, sense of loss and grief that they felt for their siblings who continue to suffer emotionally because of the choices they made. As they talked with me I knew that their story was not unique and thousands upon thousands of other participants in the march could share similar stories.
The March was attended by members of virtually every Christian denomination who oppose abortion as a matter of their faith commitment, as well as by others who have no particular religious faith but oppose abortion on secular grounds. Further, in attendance were members of virtually every ethnic minority group showing that opposition to abortion is not limited to any one particular group of people. Abortion does not discriminate. It takes the lives of babies of every color and race.
The day after the March I moderated a forum of national prolife leaders who meet quarterly in Washington, D.C. to exchange information and encourage one another. Topics discussed included not only issues relating to the practice of abortion across the nation, but also the upcoming presidential election this November. The foremost question on the minds of everybody at this meeting was simply which candidate is the most likely to replace President Obama and show true leadership that will bring us closer to the day when America becomes an abortion free nation. The determination to succeed in this great quest that was shown by these leaders at this meeting gives me further cause to be optimistic and hopeful.
Thirty nine years have passed since a culture of abortion was thrust upon our nation. And our nation continues to wait for the day when true liberty reigns in America and the lives of all, both born and unborn, are protected under the law. From what I witnessed this last week in Washington, D.C. I believe that this day of liberation is closer at hand than anybody can possibly imagine.