“They Will Know us by our Youth”

By Dave Andrusko

Our NRL News Today readers responded with enthusiasm to the stories we ran yesterday about the March for Life in Washington, DC and provided additional details.

It’s impossible to be on the grounds of the National Mall—not to mention many, many side streets where huge contingents of pro-lifers gathered—or walk up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court and not put your first emphasis on the colossal number of young people.

A number of people who were there wrote me, not only about the youths but also the behavior of the crowd.

One wrote

“As so many have observed in recent years — they will know us by our youth!  The sea of pro-life young people was absolutely amazing!  Also, the behavior of the crowd, as others have observed as well as ourselves all the way back, makes it an absolute pleasure, even for people needing to pass or cross some section of the route.  At one point yesterday an ambulance needed to cross the route about one half block below (behind) me, and it was like the parting of the Red Sea.  It couldn’t have taken but a few seconds for people to create an opening easily large enough for the ambulance and a police escort to slide through picking up speed even before they were all the way through.”

Perhaps I put more stock into “intangibles” than others might. When National Right to Life sponsored one of the largest rallies in the history of Washington, DC—the 1990 Rally for Life—I remember like it was yesterday than when the (at least!) 300,000 people left the Mall area,  the grounds were practically spotless. That the crowd was universally polite yesterday comes as no surprise.

(In the for-what-it’s-worth category, my daughters, my wife, and I were up at the Supreme Court for quite a while. The only display of unpleasantness was a pro-abortionist with a huge sign who made it his business to be as obnoxious as possible.)

The Washington Post may think that only “thousands” attended; USA Today can limit its coverage to a single photo and one paragraph; and the New York Times might think it unworthy to run a story in  its print edition at all (it had photos online). But that does not alter the size or the grit of the pro-lifers who assembled not only in Washington, DC but also round the nation in commemoration of Roe.

Would people, especially pro-life veterans, wish they could devote all their time to their families? Sure. But so long as unborn babies perish by the millions, our consciences dictate that we work unceasingly to return legal protection.

And this is made possible because  we know that we are not alone, that we are not taking on the forces of death in our own strength alone. One speaker reminded us of the promise with this  from Isaiah 40:

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

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