FRIDAY
January 26, 2001
volume 12, no. 26

March For Life A Huge Success


    WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 24, 01 (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - Tens of thousands of pro-lifers took part in the March of Life on Monday calling for the 1973 US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion to be overturned.

    The hundreds of events leading up to the March for Life included demonstrations, pro-life speeches, sermons, and interviews. The crowd of tens of thousands, with a huge youth contingent, was delighted with the message from President George W. Bush and the announcement that he was re-establishing a policy banning US funds from international groups which provide and lobby for abortion.

    Two days before the anniversary, Archbishop Justin Rigali of St. Louis marched with 1,500 pro-lifers after a Mass at the cathedral to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. The bishop described Planned Parenthood clinics as a kind of "Calvary" for unborn children. "It is also a hill of Calvary-- a place of banishment and execution," he said.

    American Life League and Rock for Life encouraged the thousands of youth present to subscribe to "absolute Truth" and reject "failed pragmatism," saying that "the pro-life movement must advance the principle of personhood in defense of every preborn person from fertilization." On Monday morning, the groups joined a youth protest at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters to protest FDA approval of the RU-486 abortion regimen.

    On Sunday, three US cardinals, one cardinal-designate, the Apostolic Nuncio, over 30 bishops, hundreds of priests, and over 6,000 faithful gathered at the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. At the event, held annually on the eve of the March for Life, Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, chairman of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Pro-Life Committee, delivered a homily decrying the current "abortion license" as an "evil" and noted its "poisoning effect" nationwide.


January 26, 2001
volume 12, no. 26
DAILY News regarding the Sanctity of Life



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