As reported by the Daily Record, hundreds of New Jersey residents attended the March for Life Rally today. Of the many Christian protestors who showed up to voice their opposition to abortion rights were members of St. Joseph’s Parish of Mendham, Villa Walsh Academy of Morristown, the Delbarton School of Morris Township and Pope John High School of Sparta.
March for Life is a national organization started for the purpose of annually denouncing Roe v. Wade,
which held that a woman has the right to abort her pregnancy for any reason before the fetus becomes viable, or able to live outside the mother’s womb.
According to its website, “grassroots prolifers” planned the first march that sported an estimated 20,000 protestors.
One March for Life photo stands out off the website. It is a photo of March for Life President, Nellie J. Gray speaking at the podium, and women to her side, holding up large full-bodied black placards, with bold white letters stating:
Just think of the shame of having to wear something like that after actually having an abortion. Famously, Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” whose right to abort was upheld by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, is now a Christian activist against abortion rights.
One can understand the impulse to scarlet-letter yourself after making the wrong decision on something so important. Those placards – if really worn by women who had abortions – are a type of penance, a sort of public self-flagellation for the guilt, the buyer’s remorse, of abortion. These women cannot turn back time and make a different choice, so they do what they can: protest their hearts out.
Even pro-choice women can understand it, but they cannot help but resent the message:
I made the wrong decision. I wish the government had forced me to make the right decision when it was up to me. Therefore, I will fight to make sure that you have no choice to make. It will be settled for you and that will make my mistakes all the better.
During my last year in law school, the Federalist Society hosted Randall Terry, a pro-life activist, to talk about his organization, Operation Rescue.
Mr. Terry spoke at length about the many women he has met and counseled who wanted an abortion, had an abortion, and now deeply regret it.
But he never once spoke about, and presumably never met, a single woman who wanted to have an abortion, was forced to give birth, and what damage being forced to carry a child to term against her will did to her.
For more Information:
Abbott Koloff, the Daily Record,
March for Life official website
Roe v. Wade Wikipedia
Norma McCorvey Wikipedia
Randall Terry Wikipedia