It’s January 22, which means hundreds of thousands of people will descend on Washington, D.C., marching for the most basic of all rights: life. The mainstream media may not notice, but they should. No event in Washington matches the numbers, intensity, and optimism of these pro-life marchers who come each and every year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—even on a day when a massive blizzard is expected!
We’ve made good progress in the fight for life since last year’s march. The House passed a bill to end taxpayer funding for abortion. We also passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. And we put on the legislation on the President’s desk that would end funding for abortion coverage and abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood.
Our work is far from done, but this year those who march for life can be optimistic in the direction our country is going. Each year more and more Americans call for a ban on late-term abortions. And the grotesque videos of Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of babies’ body parts are opening the eyes of the American people to the evils of the abortion industry. When we get a new President, we have the opportunity to not just send bills to the White House, but to save lives by having impactful pro-life legislation signed into law.
Because of the efforts of pro-life advocates everywhere to educate and persuade their peers and help those in need, we are showing the country that every life is valuable and every life has purpose. It doesn’t matter who the people are. Whether they are in the womb or all grown up, whether they are rich are poor, no matter how they vote or where they live—even if they don’t have a place to live at all—their lives matter. People’s lives have richness and value no matter their circumstance or the circumstances of their parents.
The fight for life will win in America not only because it is right, but because it offers people the hope that every life has value, no matter what.