Editors Note: Video of the March for Life 2008, slideshows, and
abortion related archives coming
Washington, D.C. - Students from Carlow College, Carnegie Mellon
University, Duquesne University, Robert Morris College, and the
University of Pittsburgh left St. Paul’s Cathedral Church in the early
hours of Tues, Jan 22, to be a voice for the unborn during the March for
Life 2008 in Washington, D.C, marking the 35th anniversary of Roe v.
Wade that legalized the killing of the unborn in the U.S.
Pittsburgh students for life take a stand near the
President George W. Bush addressed thousands of people gathered at the
pro-life rally before the march began.
a culture of life requires more than law, it requires changing hearts
and as we reach out to others and find common ground, we can see the
glimmerings of a new America on the far shore. This America is rooted in
our beliefs that in a civilized society the strong protect the weak.
This America is nurtured by people like you who speak up for the weak
and the innocent. This America is the destiny of a people whose founding
documents speaks of the right to life that is a gift of our Creator and
not the grant of the state”, said Pres. Bush.
Video: Listen to excerpts from Pres. Bush’s speech
during the March for Life 2008 rally!
Bush addresses a crowd in Pittsburgh in 2004
Nellie Gray, the president of ‘March for Life Education and Defense Fund’
was extremely pleased with Pres. Bush’s address to the supporters at the
rally and hoped to work with him this upcoming year to make sure more
strides are made for the voice of the unborn.
politicians for the plight of the unborn addressed the crowds including
Texas congressman Ron Paul, who is vying for the Republican nomination
for the president of the United States. Congressman Ron
Congressman Ron Paul
shared his experiences of being an doctor and vilified abortion.
“The debate over when life begins should not even be a debate. Let me
assure you, all life begins at conception. I am also convinced that you
cannot defend liberty without defending all life. We as tax-payers, we
who believe in the right to life are taxed continuously still, to commit
abortions. We should never allow any of our tax dollars to be used for
abortion here or overseas”, said Congressman Ron Paul.
Sam Brownback of Kansas joined in his support of the pro-life cause and
wanted those under 25 years of age to raise their hands for the media.
“This is a young movement with strong legs and a strong heart. This is a
movement that is going to win life for this country. I want you to
remember that our enemy isn’t the person having the abortion; our enemy
is not the person providing the abortion; our enemy is not the activist
who is pro-choice or pro-abortion; our enemy is death; our enemy is
fear, our enemy is despair; that’s who we are fighting, that’s what we
are fighting, and we don’t fight with hate in our hearts. Our weapons
are compassion & patience, peace & love, courage & commitment, prayer &
long suffering. Yet 35 years is long enough; 50 million is way too many.
It is past the time to overturn Roe v. Wade and end this night of
death.”, said Sen. Brownback.
Not everyone saw it Sen. Brownback’s way. There were those who blamed
Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice movement for the death of the
unborn calling it murder.
The fight to save the lives of the unborn was not just an issue for
Catholics and Protestants but very important to a Jewish Rabbi too.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, from Brooklyn, New York said, “Greetings pro-life
America! Shalom! More than 10% of the U.S population cut, mangled,
strangled, burned, discarded, maimed like no other group. Supreme Court,
stop the barbarism now!”
Video: Levin Loudly Lets Pro-Life Promotion Resonate
The March for Life 2008 began soon after the introduction of the
Catholic clergy represented there.
Pitt freshman Ashley Kim was excited to go to the March for Life 2008
and shared her views with the Pittsburgh Standard.
“March for Life in essence is the pro-life movement. For me it is just a
way to gather and show support that pro-life issues are at the forefront
of political debate and we need to show that it is important; we do that
by the March", said Kim.
Video: Kim Keeps Killings in Mind Memorializing
Marching for Life!
Kim was joined by Pitt freshman P.J. Gruber and Caitlin Conway who spoke
to the Pittsburgh Standard. Conway addressed the issue of pro-choice
groups calling foul because their privacy is being invaded.
“They [pro-choice groups] are invading other people’s privacy because a
child has their own life and that’s their own privacy so it’s not the
mother’s right to determine the fate of another person”, said Conway.
Video: Conway confidently pulverizes pro-choice’s
Gruber wanted Pitt students to know that Pres. Bush is the right
president for America.
“I thought he [Pres. Bush] gave an excellent speech. I think it served as
a powerful point to the American people that we are first of all helping
to bring a culture of life and we are doing the right thing and we
definitely did the right thing putting him in the presidency. Many
people disagree with his other policies but this is one policy you
cannot sacrifice any other issues for. This is the issue of any election
because the lives of the unborn are more important than any war, any
tax-system, or any economic plan or education system. I would not think
about having an official in there who thought killing of the unborn was
ok. I would not trust that politician to make adequate decisions in any
other area. I really respect Pres. Bush for what he has done for the
pro-life cause”, said Gruber.
Video: Gruber Galvanizes Politician’s Pro-Life
The pro-Life advocacy group called Beautiful Choice at the University of
Pittsburgh provided transportation to Pitt students who went to the
March for Life 2008. They were joined by members of the St. Paul’s
Cathedral which provided a chartered bus.
Students end the March for Life 2008 by going to Mass
at Catholic University of America!
All photos and videos by Ramesh C. Reddy