This past week marked the 40th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, and with it brought a re-invigorated effort to reverse the ruling that made abortion legal in the United States.
On January 25th, hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. to march for the rights of the unborn. This “March for Life” has long been considered one of the most important pro-life events of the year.
The march kicked off with a rally that featured pro-life speakers, including former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
In his speech, Santorum spoke about his own feelings about abortion and about his and his wife’s decision to “keep” their daughter, despite being told that it would be better if they did not.
“She is joyful, she is sweet, she is all about love...We all know that death is never better – never better. Really what it's about is saying is it would 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."
Particularly interesting about this march was the visibility of youth.
While pro-life is often stereotypically considered the position of older generations, the participants in the March for Life proved that this is not the case.
Everywhere you looked, youth stood holding signs and wearing pro-life paraphernalia. Moreover, some had even placed tape over their mouths to symbolize that the aborted unborn are unable to participate in this debate.
I can speak for myself that there is nothing quite as invigorating as being surrounded by youth that are willing to oppose the larger majority that still favors pro-choice legislation in the United States. Walking the streets with these others, it is clear that these others are passionate about their cause.
"He ho, he ho, Roe v. Wade must go!" chanted these youth, showing that, while they survived Roe v. Wade, they are also determined to not let it survive them.
And, in true 21st century-fashion, many youth across the nation echoed their plea via twitter, proclaiming that abortion has been around for #40YearsTooMany.