I stood by the side of Constitution Avenue last Monday and watched the March for Life pass by — thousands upon thousands of marchers making their way past the Capitol toward the Supreme Court.
The magnitude of the march was stunning, and politicians ought to take note. Thirty-three years after the absurd Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which declared it a constitutional right to kill an unborn child, pro-lifers constitute America’s most formidable truly grassroots movement.
The March-for-Lifers are people who came to Washington—on an ordinary workday, under gloomy January skies—not to represent a vested interest for a fee, but to represent a fundamental truth as a matter of principle. They did not come for personal gain, but to gain the respect of lawmakers for the most basic God-given right of the most vulnerable and innocent Americans.
They came to take a stand in the Culture War, which thanks to legalized abortion, has taken more lives than any shooting war in our history. They marched as witnesses for the Culture of Life, delivering a powerful message to judges and politicians who have risen to prominence in our society by appeasing the Culture of Death.
President Ronald Reagan succinctly described his strategy for the Cold War (as former Reagan National Security Adviser Richard Allen recalled in an Oct. 27, 2003, article for Human Events): "We win and they lose."
In a speech delivered via telephone to the March for Lifers last week, President Bush had a similar thought: "This is a cause that appeals to the conscience of our citizens, and is rooted in America’s deepest principles. And history tells us that with such a cause, we will prevail."
Exactly right. The pro-life movement will prevail. History will record that the teeming tens of thousands who marched up Constitution Avenue last week were walking point for the greatest — and most successful—liberation movement of the 21st Century.