By William Gossett and Antonio Fragelli
This past Friday was a glorious day when Americans from all walks of life marched in our Capital to defend the right to life and the personhood of the unborn. The overwhelming participation of young people was astounding holding a great promise for America.
On January 27, 2017, hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, D.C. for the 44th annual March for Life to protest and make reparation for the sin of abortion. While the cynics say that Roe v. Wade is settled law and unchangeable, the multitudes that marched from the Washington Monument, up to Capitol Hill and to the steps of the Supreme Court were not deterred.
Members of the American TFP and America Needs Fatima along with the Holy Choirs of Angels Marching Band playing bagpipes, brass, fifes, and drums, joined the marchers. The music was upbeat and firm, encouraging those marching to strengthen their resolve to defeat abortion.
To Make America Great, Turn Back to God
Our volunteers distributed copies of their pro-life statement, “To Make America Great, Turn Back to God,” to the multitudes passing by. While acknowledging the massive conservative win last November, the statement listed those values and principles that must now be defended and promoted to take advantage of the victories.
The statement listed the demands and hopes we wished to express for the conversion of America.
“Today, thanks be to God, the conservative vote won the White House, Senate and House, and a record number of governorships and statehouse majorities. This reality has brought relief and awakened great hopes. Above all, conservatives were buoyed by the promises of President Donald Trump who assured them they would not be forgotten and that they would have a voice. Now is the time to fulfill these promises. American conservative voters must not be betrayed.”
“What moved America’s forgotten voters on November 8 was a shattered order that has affected all aspects of life. As was repeated during the election cycle, the whole system is broken, its liberal and permissive vision for society has failed and voters are desperately looking for solutions.”
A series of demands were listed beginning with:
“It must be a moral order in which leaders fearlessly do everything possible to advance the cause of life, the traditional family and Christian morals. If the nation is to prosper, it needs to return to that moral code based on the Ten Commandments and natural law that made America great. People must no longer be afraid to affirm this and stand up to a politically correct culture that claims there is no right and wrong by blurring all definitions. Without this essential component, America will not recover.”
Among America’s forgotten voters are those who fight for the most vulnerable—the unborn—demanding for them the fundamental right to life.
“Now is the time to bleach out the stain on America’s honor, its great sin against God: Roe v. Wade,” the statement concluded.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the march, greatly increasing the enthusiasm of the pro-lifers. For them, it was a sign that their voice has a presence in the current administration.
“I’m deeply humbled to be the first vice president of the United States to ever have the privilege to attend this historic gathering,” Vice President Pence stated.
“Be assured, be assured,” he concluded, “we will not grow weary, we will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity. Thank you and God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”
2017: Making Abortion Unthinkable
Entering 2017, the pro-life movement needs to redouble its efforts in the fight for life and the family. It must incessantly hold President Donald Trump’s administration to its pro-life promises. There can be no compromise, no slackening, and no apathy.
During this centennial year of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, let us ask the Mother of God for her intercession in the fight against abortion.