“If you want equal justice for all, and true freedom and lasting peace, then, America, defend life!”Every human person – no matter how vulnerable or helpless, no matter how young or how old, no matter how healthy, handicapped or sick, no matter how useful or productive for society – is a being of inestimable worth created in the image and likeness of God. This is the dignity of America, the reason she exists, the condition for her survival-yes, the ultimate test of her greatness: to respect every human person, especially the weakest and most defenseless ones, those as yet unborn.”
John Paul II, Airport of Detroit, September 19, 1987
Having in mind the John Paul II call to defend life expressed so many times to the world and to American people, the New Jersey Chapter of John Paul II Foundation also participated in the annual Washington’s March for Life which was held for the 46thtime. It was worth for members of the Chapter to take a day off (March for Life always takes place on a weekday) and be a part of a larger pro-life movement which gathers thousands of people in Washington D.C. With prayers, holding the banner with the John Paul II image and the name of the Chapter to identify our group, we were marching through the Constitution Avenue to Capitol and the Supreme Court. Seeing so many people, especially young people, amplified our hope that the permission to kill unborn children may end soon.
The US Supreme Court decision of Rowe v Wade from 1973, made it legal to do abortion in every State of the US. That Supreme Court ruling did not settle in many human hearts and conscience of their souls. Since then, the organizers and participants of March for Life have decided to protest that decision until it will be revoked.
In recent years, we are seeing a light of hope. Many pro-life celebrities, politicians, and church leaders were speaking at the event. We were very happy that the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence along with his wife attended the March and the President Donald Trump addressed the crowd on live broadcast. All attendees of the March for Life cheered for his stance in support of pro-life movement.