This evening at Mass I again encouraged everyone to participate in the Birmingham March for Life next Saturday, January 17. Now, more than ever, we need to witness to what we believe, what science teaches, and what is right and good for our society.
So it was with interest that I read the following words in Fr. Rutler’s weekly newsletter:
Last year at this time, I cited a statistical abstract using the ratio of professions to population and the number of infants aborted. The resulting estimate showed that in the last 35 years, those lives destroyed could have included: two U.S. presidents; seven Supreme Court justices; 102 U.S. senators and 589 congressmen; 8,123 judges; 31 Nobel Prize laureates; 328 Olympic medalists; 6,092 professional athletes; 134,841 physicians and surgeons; 392,500 registered nurses; 70,669 clergy, including 6,852 Catholic priests and 11,010 nuns; 1,102,443 elementary and high-school teachers; 553,821 truck drivers; 224,518 maids and housekeepers; 33,939 janitors; 134,028 farmers and ranchers; 109,984 police officers; and 39,477 firefighters.
I could have boldfaced the whole thing. Of course, it is a statistical projection and could be wrong. Two different statisticians might come up with very different numbers, based on different methodologies. But in any event, with over 56 million babies aborted since 1973, the fact is, it’s hard not to recognize at least some truth in the above numbers. Just imagine a country with 56 million more people in it!
Hopefully we will have a record turnout for this year’s local March. I realize some people are reluctant to participate in such events. Allow me to suggest that that might be a temptation from the one who doesn’t want us to witness to the truth. I have been to at least eight of the national Marches for Life in Washington and have never once felt unsafe. They are peaceful and joyful events.
Given how big the Washington, DC March has gotten, I am more and more convinced that was is needed is precisely more of these local marches, to witness to people in our own communities about the importance of life. And they have been growing. We value life. We respect life. We support life. We are willing to help others who are tempted not to choose life. We are not dictating to others “from above”, but extending a helping hand “side-by-side”. And we want those who have not chosen life to know that there is hope of healing, forgiveness, and peace.
You can use this website to find out if there is a march this year in your area. Let’s exercise our right to free speech while it is still allowed to do so! Maybe there will even be some people from neighboring states who will come; I hope to meet you! Look for us under the St. Barnabas and Holy Rosary banners!