"March for Life" Celebrated 31st Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

( [email protected] ) Jan 23, 2004 12:39 PM EST

Pro-lifers from across the nation joined “March for Life” on Thursday to mark the 31st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

The "March for Life" drew thousands of pro-life advocates to the Washington Monument to hear speeches from activists, clergy, and members of Congress. The marchers then proceeded to the Supreme Court building where it legalized abortion.

Agape Press reports that at the Supreme Court, the pro-life gathering heard from two actresses Melba Moore and Jennifer O’Neil who were speaking on behalf of "Operation Outcry: Silent No More" -- a group representing women who feel remorse over their past abortions.

In an interview with Associated Press, Moore said she had "many abortions" -- more than she wants to count -- and could not escape the guilt until she gave her life to God. But Moore says she hopes to be united with her unborn children in heaven someday. She advises other women who are haunted by their abortions to "give your life back to God on a daily basis so that as it continues to heal and open up, you'll look forward to the day that you'll see and be with your children."

Several pro-life lawmakers spoke to the marchers, including Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and Representatives Chris Smith of New Jersey, Todd Aiken of Missouri, and Steve Chabot of Ohio.

According to Focus on the Family, a Christian ministry that has long fought to protect the lives of the unborn, majority women are in favor pro-life or more restriction on abortion.

In a printed statement, Carrie Gordon Earll -- senior policy analyst for bioethics at Focus – says one poll showed about 68% of women favor more restrictions on abortion and 51% favor banning abortions altogether. The other poll revealed that nearly 87% of women think non-profit women's health centers should provide pregnant women with access to ultrasound technology.

"Pro-abortion groups like NARAL, the National Organization for Women, and Planned Parenthood oppose even the most moderate limits on abortion and decry the use of ultrasound as a 'weapon' in abortion counseling," she says. "Pro-abortion groups are moving in the opposite direction of the constituency they claim to represent."

"The growing support for the pro-life position among U.S. women may also be attributed, in part, to the willingness of more women to speak out about how abortion has impacted their lives," she says, "Women know intuitively that it's unnatural to kill their children. Our challenge is to help them see that it's also unnecessary."