On Friday, January 25 2013, in 20 degree cold and snow, between half and two thirds of a million people gathers in our nation's capitol. They weren't protesting high taxes. They weren't calling for gun control. They were there to protest the greatest injustice in America and the world today. They were there to stand up for life.
The March for Life has taken place every year since Roe v. Wade expanded abortions in the United States in 1973 (see sidebar). This was the 40th March for Life, and the first one since the death of its founder, Nellie Gray.
The day began with a tribute to Nellie, and speeches by prominent members of the pro-life community. Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, gave the opening prayer, along with several Orthodox Metropolitans.
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After the talk came the walk. Marchers set off down the Mall to walk past the Capitol and Supreme Court buildings. I found it hard to march because of the sheer number of people. Every few feet it seemed we were stopping again because there was simply no room to walk.
I have read that there were between 500,000 and 650,000 people present. The main stream media have reported this as "thousands" or "tens of thousands". The same media reported over 600,000 present for the presidential inauguration. Having seen the Inauguration coverage and the March for Life coverage I'd have to say that the number of people present appeared about the same, so I'd accept the 650,000 estimate over the "thousands." Certainly it was much more crowded than last year where there were an estimated 400,000.
I'm not sure how to convey the sense of what it was like to be in a crowd that large, all marching and cheering in support of basic human rights. I have a couple of video clips that may be helpful.