Monday, February 05, 2007

Rebekah #1

Rebekah Number One, age 16, speaks her mind:

The 1973 case of Roe vs. Wade marked the beginning of a long, hard road concerning life. It opened the doors for many practices against human life, such as euthanasia. From the first anniversary of this case, there has been a March for Life on January 22. This is why we march - to defend the life of all, from conception to natural death. No matter if the person is disabled, unable to care for themselves, or relying solely on artifical means of life, a person’s a person no matter how small, and only God has the authority to take away a life.

On Monday, January 22, 2007, approximately 100,000 people gathered at the Mall in Washington, D.C. It was bitter cold and a weekday, but that didn’t stop people of all ages, races, and beliefs from gathering to defend the sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death. As the speakers took their turn on the stage, a clear message was being sent. They spoke emphatically about an ever growing problem. They were speaking to everyone, but especially the young people, compelling them to take action against the people who killed 1/3 of their generation. The young people are the future. It is up to them to defend the innocent unborn and the living who can’t defend themselves.

Nellie Gray, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, summed up our reason for marching when she said, “No one owns the right to life of an innocent human being. No one, including Washington officials, has jurisdiction to authorize anyone, the feminist abortionists or anyone, to intentionally kill an innocent human being, and because of that, Roe vs. Wade did not legalize abortion. It is just so that people who kill innocent unborn children don’t go t jail for it, for the murder they are committing.

“We’re not here today to reduce abortion. We’re here to stop it! I say to the feminist abortionists, you may not intentionally kill innocent human beings in my name, in the name of all the people here, in the name of America. This is America. We do not intentionally kill innocent human beings here!” finished Nellie Gray.

Representative Mike Pence of Indiana spoke confidently of the day when abortion would no longer be legal. “Soon even Washington will acknowledge what America knows, and the laws of the land will answer the call of every unborn heart and say, with our founders, in America as Americans we choose liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the unalienable right to life!”

When the speakers had finished, the march began. The people slowly surged down the marked streets, carrying signs that voiced what was in their hearts. All the pro-choice people are already born. "It is a poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you choose," Mother Theresa once spoke. Most marched in silence, others whispered prayers, but all were reverent as they remembered those who had already died and marched for those who were yet alive. Everywhere you looked you could see faces with every range of emotions ~ joyful yet sorrowful, peaceful yet angry for those who have been killed.

Quotes from our trip:
“I’m impressed by the amount of people who show up in the middle of winter and that the vast majority is young people.”
~ Christian, age 17

“It was a moving experience to see thousands of people in the bitter cold to support such an awesome cause.”
~ Paul, age 17

“It's very encouraging to see so many teens who are against abortion. It is very uplifting to know that I’m not alone.”
~ Nichole, age 17

“I really loved being at the March for the second time. It was so awe inspiring to see tens of thousands of people who fought for all life. Added to the fact that, were it summer and a weekend, there would be double or triple the amount of attendees, makes for a truly magnificent monument to life. I love knowing there’s hundreds of thousands of people who believe in the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death.”
~ Rebekah, age 16

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