Powerful Speeches Highlight March of Life Rally

kac-at-rallyA video of the March for Life Rally and transcripts of all the speeches are available here.

By Guest Blogger Peter Patridge

The 44th annual March for Life, commemorating the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, provided a stark contrast to the “Women’s March” the week before. Continue reading

How Many Were There?

Check out this time-lapse video of the March for Life 2017. Just when you think it’s winding down, the real push starts to come through. That’s because a couple thousands jumped the gun while the Rally was still going on and started off down Constitution Avenue before the real start. You’ll see the street-wide “March for Life” banner that marks the official beginning of the March at the 48-second point.

 

Rockland Marches for Life

lede-photoAt 6 a.m. yesterday morning, the prolifers from Rockland boarded the bus at St. Francis Church in West Nyack and joined the thousands who were converging on Washington, D.C., for the 44th annual March for Life.

The March is held each year on or around Jan. 22 to commemorate the day in 1973 when the Supreme Court legalized abortion in America in the Roe v. Wade decision. This year the March was scheduled for Jan. 27 because of the inauguration.

img_0493Under cool but sunny skies in Washington, our group unfurled the Rockland Right to Life banner and set up on the Washington Monument hill, a location that provided a panoramic view of the thousands of enthusiastic marchers who had come for the Rally at the National Mall, featuring speakers Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, and Vice Pres. Mike Pence. This was the first time a vice president had ever addressed a March for Life Rally, and Pence, a longtime prolife congressman in Washington, was visibly moved by the occasion and assured the people that now “Life was winning again in America.” Continue reading

The March Is On!

This past weekend — a prelude to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. — prolifers from around the world and across the U.S. converged on their state capitals, cities and towns  to stand up for life. From our own Rockland County to Paris, France, the message was loud and clear: Life must be protected. Abortion must stop. Click here for great photos from weekend Marches everywhere.

(Click to enlarge. Below — Left column, Arkansas, Rockland County, Paris France!
right — San Francisco)

March for Life Bus Trip — What You Need to Know

WHEN:  Friday, January 27   WHERE: Washington, D.C.

PROGRAM: 11:45 AM  Rally at the National Mall  near the Washington Monument;  1 PM March for Life, up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court. (see route)

BUS DEPARTURE:  From St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack, 10994 (see map) at 6 AM. Please park in the front of the lot, away from the church.

BUS RETURN:  The bus will leave D.C. at 6 PM, and we should be home by 11 PM.

COST:  $30 for adults; $15 for students

RESERVATIONS:  Call 845-735-4379,  845-492-6709, or 845-425-1322 (para espanol)

THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE BUS THIS YEAR, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Continue reading

March for Life 2017: Jan. 27

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Next year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., will be held on Friday, Jan. 27.

The change of date from the traditional Jan. 22 — the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized abortion — is because of the presidential inauguration, which will be on Jan. 20, 2017.

And for those of you who really like to plan ahead, the March will be held on Jan. 19 in 2018 and Jan. 18 in 2019.

Report from the March for Life

IMG_0009Guest blogger Peter Partridge, of Haverstraw, who traveled to the March for Life in the face of the impending blizzard, makes his report.

March for Life took place Jan. 22, 2016. The date memorializes the day when Supreme Court justices stripped the unborn of historical protection in the womb and violated the most basic tenant of our civilization.

“Snowmageddon, the storm that dumped two and a half feet of snow on Washington D.C. and New York, would not stop the thousands that came. What is a snowstorm in comparison to an erroneous decision that is responsible for the death of 58,662,945 and counting? Tremendous numbers of young people were present.

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini announced the theme of the 2016 March: “IT IS PRO-WOMAN TO BE PRO-LIFE.” 

Rally speaker Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), war veteran and the first woman combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate, had choice words for President Obama and Hillary Clinton. The President and Democrats seem to think there is a war on women going on.  If they don’t know what a war is I can show them!  It is not being waged on women in the United States.”

Marguerite Duane, MD, family physician at Georgetown University said that if anyone is waging a war on women it is those who support abortion and call it a woman’s right.  Her research shows that women are targeted in the womb for destruction by sex selection. Unborn babies are being aborted simply because they are female.

The key note speaker was Matt Birk, a football player who won the Super Bowl in 2013 with the Baltimore Ravens.  Following the Super Bowl, Matt chose not to attend the White House celebration dinner because of President Obama’s support for Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.  In his spontaneous speech he said, “I’m a football player, so I like to keep things really simple. We need to treasure life, not end it.” He went on to say that lots of work needs to be done recognizing the great sacrifice that many women make allowing their children to be adopted.  Society actually sends the opposite message to these mothers; however, their love is great when they allow someone to adopt a child who would be better off in a loving family.

Silent No More men and women gave testimony concerning their mistakes in the past that caused suffering and death. The consensus was they were fooled and mislead and the result of abortion is a devaluing of our humanity and this hurts.

After the March ended, Peter walked to the Senate Office Building to deliver to prolife Sen. Ted Cruz  (R-Texas) a message about “New York values” — how about braving a historic snowstorm to support life!!   

March for Life 2016 Goes On

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As Winter Storm Jonas pressed on toward Washington, D.C., Friday morning threatening upwards of two feet of snow, wind gusts over 40 mph, and dangerous or impossible travel conditions, the 2016 March for Life stepped off as scheduled.

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 9.56.07 PMThe Rally began at noon and shortly before its conclusion at 1 pm, the first flakes had begun to fall. The crowd, which the Eternal Word Television Network had estimated at about one-third of previous years, hurriedly formed into line of March and headed into the the streets, determined complete the march at the Supreme Court before the weather got too bad.

Although numbers were lower, the spirit of the marchers was as high as ever as they carried aloft their signs proclaiming “Defend Life,” “We Are the Prolife Generation” and “Life Counts!” among others. Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was enthusiastically applauded as she told the audience at the rally, “Ours is a fight for the character of our nation. For the value of life itself. It is a fight we must win to take our country back.”

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 5.48.00 PM copyThe Rockland Right to Life Committee made the decision to cancel its bus trip to the March for Life on Wednesday. The concern was the hazardous traveling conditions the bus could likely encounter as it headed north back to Rockland Friday night. Several area trips were cancelled as was the Rally for Life scheduled to be held in White Plains.

Nevertheless, several Rocklanders made it down to Washington on their own. Richard Bruno and Peter Partridge sent back these photos from the March:

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The crowds broke up quickly at the end of the March for Life at the Supreme Court as the snows of the predicted blizzard began to fall. Photo by Katie Grahn

Here’s a posting from marchers from the Hudson Valley Coalition for Life who drove to D.C. when their bus was cancelled. They had no problem getting home and arrived without incident, unlike these students who were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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Eyewitness account of how this mass happened and what it was like being stranded on a bus for 24 hours in a snowstorm on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the way back from the March for Life. (National Right to Life News Day) Another story about stranded Marchers and more photos.

March for Life 2016 – Everything You Need to Know

UPDATES IN RED 

TODAY — FRIDAY  ROSE MASS for LIFE — 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s in Nanuet. All are invited. (36 W. Nyack Road, Nanuet).

(1/20/16 @ noon) THE TRIP IS CANCELLED. 

While it was unlikely the bus would encounter any problems on the way to the March, or maybe even coming home on the northern NJ to Rockland leg of the trip, our concern was the situation in the Washington, D.C., area. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for the capital beginning at noon, Friday. If the storm does, in fact, set in then, it could lead to a very dangerous situation on the roads getting home.  Our contract with the bus company required us to make a decision today.  Please check back later for more details. Continue reading