"Temperatures were frigidly low, but spirits were uncompromisingly high" is the way Cortney O'Brien described the March For Life in Washington DC yesterday.
It was close to zero degrees. Spirits were high among all who participated, especially the youth who showed up in mass.
CBS, ABC, and NBC reported that "thousands" of "anti-abortion activists" were marching on Washington DC, while there were actually, by most reports, over a hundred thousand "pro-life citizens" advocating for life.
Words make a difference don't they? They shape what people believe and reveal something about the person speaking them.
There were many words---words affirming the sanctity of life and words seeking to diminish the event, reduce its impact and marginalize those who participated. There were words of resolve to fight on for the cause of life. There promises by politicians to do what they could to pass laws that would honor and protect life.
But in the end, those who love life prevailed. They came, they marched, they prayed and they promised to go home and continue the struggle, then come back and do this again next year.
Of all the words, perhaps the most poignant, at least to me, were those written on a home made sign in bold letters.
The words expressed on the home made sign were not the words of the person holding the sign, but of an unborn child:
O'Brien said "pro-lifers from across the country arrived at the National Mall on this 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade to defend the right to life of the unborn children."
Republican Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) told the thousands that the pro-life movement is winning the fight over abortion.
He said, "By the grace of God and because of you...we are winning."
Smith is sponsoring House Bill 7 known as the "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act," which will come up for vote in the House of Representatives soon.
He encouraged the youth to never quit or grow weary or discouraged. He said, "Your generation will end abortion."
The Washington Post reported that "statistics show public opinion on abortion access has not significantly changed."
They are the frog in the kettle. Things are changing and some surveys are indicating that change.
While tens of thousands, standing in near zero degrees temperature, committed themselves to the sanctity of life and the cause to protect it, there were more words---different words, down the street in the White House.
President Obama, in his official statement yesterday recommitted America to "the guiding principle" of Roe v. Wade.
He recommitted to honor "choice" and "reaffirmed" our "steadfast commitment to protect a woman's access to safe, affordable healthcare and her right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom."
Oh, how we use words.
Interpretation: I will do every thing in my power to continue to advance abortion on demand for any reason.
Why is the President continuing to carry the banner for Margaret Sanger and her Planned Parenthood which was founded around the notion of eugenics as a means of population control and the purging of blacks from the culture?
Politically, he is beholding to the far left. But why is he one of them?
He explained why he is committed to the "guiding principle" of Roe v. Wade.
In his own words: "Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams."
But Mr. President, what about the more than 55,000,000 babies who have been aborted? What about their dreams?
Their freedom and opportunities were taken before they were able to dream their dream.
The most poignant words of the day may have been, "I'm in mommy's tummy-I'm scared."
More than one hundred thousand people stood in freezing weather yesterday to tell this child, "Fear not, there's good news."
Be Vigilant. Be Bold. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.