On Monday morning, we headed to a local parish for the Kansas Catholic Rally with Archbishop Naumann. We had Mass and a number of different speakers, including the Sisters of Life. The pews were packed and it was beautiful!
We then loaded onto the buses and headed to the March for Life Rally. 52 members of the House of Representatives were there along with one Senator. Each gave a very short speech, encouraging us, commending us, and voicing their concern for the unborn. I pray that these politicians stand by what they said that day and follow through, protecting the unborn and their mothers.
It was an amazing experience, but I didn't fully grasp the number of people there until I arrived home and saw the below video of the estimated 400,000 people, young and old, male and female, who turned out for the March.
Here are a few photos from the March:
Last fall, I was speaking with a Sister of Life about the Pro-Life Movement. She spoke of our society, of the crisis of the family, and of the child. But most of all, she spoke up for the mother. She said something that has stuck with me ever since:
"Women deserve better than abortion."
Yes, the child is killed, and that is a tragedy. But sometimes we forget what our signs, slogans, and words can stir up in women who have had abortions. She explained that the sisters, if they hold a sign, will only hold a sign saying this. They take a fourth vow to uphold the dignity of life, and this includes not only the child, but also the mother and father. Do not forget in this fight to uphold the dignity of all people, not just the child.
I marched for life for the babies, for the mothers, and for the fathers. I marched for life not for me, but for all.
"But despite their differences of nature and moral gravity, contraception and abortion are often closely connected, as fruits of the same tree. It is true that in many cases contraception and even abortion are practised under the pressure of real- life difficulties, which nonetheless can never exonerate from striving to observe God's law fully. Still, in very many other instances such practices are rooted in a hedonistic mentality unwilling to accept responsibility in matters of sexuality, and they imply a self-centered concept of freedom, which regards procreation as an obstacle to personal fulfilment. The life which could result from a sexual encounter thus becomes an enemy to be avoided at all costs, and abortion becomes the only possible decisive response to failed contraception." -Pope John Paul II (found on Pro-Life Quotes Blog)
In Christ through Mary.