march-for-lifeThousands of pro-life demonstrators battled the frigid weather and marched up Constitution Avenue through Washington, D.C. to the steps of the Supreme Court building today in their annual March of Life to protest the controversial Roe V Wade legislation that legalized abortion. The demonstrators carried signs and banners stating “Defund Planned Parenthood” and ”Defend Life.”

The rowdy but respectful crowd listened to a number of keynote speakers, including a very drilling speech from Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a doctor himself who said:

“I believe that great nations and great civilizations spring from a people who have a moral compass. Our nation is adrift, adrift in a wilderness where right and wrong have become subservient to a hedonism of the moment. I believe our country is in need of a revival.”

House Speaker John Boehner recorded a video which was replayed for those in attendance, in which he encouraged pro life groups to continue “defining human rights as the issue of our time because human life is not an economic or political commodity and no government on earth has the right to treat it as such.”

New Jersey Representative Chris Smith pounded the Obama administrations “infamous, reckless, and inhumane abandonment of women and babies to the abortionists. Know this, Mr. President, the pro-life movement is not only on the side of compassion, justice, and inclusion, we are on the right side of responsible science and of history.” 

Earlier this week President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to “reproductive freedom.”

But the highlight of the day was previous presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

Santorum spoke of his daughter, 4 year old Bella – who suffers from a serious genetic condition. The previous Pennsylvania senator talked about his daughters life  - “she is joyful, she is sweet, she is all about love” – and used her story and the beautiful addition to his own family she’s been as an argument against abortion even in cases in which a potential mother has been told her unborn child suffers from an illness.

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Santorum mingles with pro life demonstrators

As Santorum continued speaking in the shadow of our nations Capital, the warm breath escaping his mouth and hitting the arctic air like puffs from a cigarette, his frozen words reverberated over a previously boisterous crowd which had grown so quite and attentive, one could nearly hear a pin drop:

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“Give these poor children who are all too often if they’re discovered in the womb to have a disability, all too often aborted, please give them a chance. Welcome them into our home as you here welcome them into our human family.

One of our little ones is not here, but she made quite an impression on this country as a result of the race that we were involved in last year. And what we saw from our little girl, a little girl that we were encouraged to abort, we were encouraged to abort her, because well, she was going to be saddled with disabilities and it would be better for her. But we all know that death is never better — never better. Really what it’s about is saying – would it be easier for us, not better for her. And I’m here to tell you — Bella is better for us and we are better because of Bella.

You are the voice of the voiceless. You are those who stand for love in a world of death. And we are proud to be here with you.”

As Santorum’s words faded and the crowd began to recover from his riveting remarks – snow started falling.

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Pope Benedict XVI tweeted his support of today’s rally in Washington, stating that politicians have a responsibility to protect the unborn and “promote a culture of life.”

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