March for Life 2010

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Participants in the 2010 March for Life were consistent in their reports of the crowd enthusiasm and size.

HUGE. That is all I can say. The largest in recent memory. Some informal estimates at 300,000. In my humble opinion, there were more like 500,000 people attending the March. Pro-lifers swarmed Washington D.C. on a cool but rain free day. The sun even came out at the end of the day while the women from Silent No More gave their testimony. - Jakubczyk on Life

Blogger Matt Cassens describes his first experience at the March:

march_for_life_2010.JPGToday, in spite of the weather, I drove to Washington D.C. to partake in the 37th annual March For Life and had an experience like no other. I saw an enthusiastic crowd in very large numbers totally devoted to the life cause, consisting largely of young, fresh faced people chanting, praying, laughing, and enjoying life to its fullest as they marched for their firmly held beliefs.

They came from Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and even from as far west as Kansas City, MO. They all came for the same reason, to convince our lawmakers and Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and make abortion a thing of the past. There were priests, bishops, lots of students, women who have had abortions and regretted them, Knights of Columbus, bloggers like myself, politicians, teachers, nurses, several nuns, and people from all walks of life, all who agree that abortion will go down in history along side American slavery and lynching of African-Americans as stains and blights on our nation's history.

Scan down Matt's post for great photos including the one above.  Excellent photos from Generations for Life here.  Jill Stanek notes great March videos on YouTube:

As we've come to expect, the MSM not only failed to provide an accurate representation of the March for Life but emphasized the 60 strong counter protest (JillStanek).

Jack Cashwell comments on the "media malpractices" through this article at the American Thinker:

In covering the 2010 March, the media have morphed from laziness and incompetence to outright fraud. Someone should be fired.

Let us start with Krista Gesaman writing for Newsweek. Her headline sums up the utter absurdity of her thesis, "Missing at the 'Roe v. Wade' Anniversary Demonstrations? Young Women." Twisting the words of a police organizer, she informs the reader that "a majority of the participants are in their 60s."

This leads Gesaman to conclude, "So this raises the question: where are the young, vibrant women supporting their pro-life or pro-choice positions? Likely, they're at home." All Gesaman had to do was stick her head out the window to know otherwise.

Having been in Washington for the March this year, I can assure Gesaman that the demographics matched last year's, Young women were everywhere and unavoidable. They filled every hotel lobby in town. Many of them had spent countless hours on busses to get there.

My experience is consistent with his observations. How someone can get the demographics so absurdly wrong and then belittle the protest of child killing is beyond me.

However, it's not hard to get the facts.  Check out Cspan Coverage and citizen journalists at YouTube and through the posts linked to in our right column.  


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I am 21 years old and female. We took an over 8-hour long bus ride from Ohio to be at the "March". There were MANY young men and women marching. In fact, I'd say there were more youth than older adults!!!!!!!!

I can confirm that there were many young men and women. I'm 23 and went with the Archdiocese of Boston. There were 250 youth that traveled with the archdiocese. In addition there were 100 seminarians, as well as many other youths that traveled from Boston that weren't on the group trip. It was very apparent that this was a March that was well attended by young people.

Regarding Jack Cashill's article about media fraud on the March For Life he is shy of the mark when he says someone should be fired.

Media fraud about this event, or anything pro-life is premeditated. It's based on the political makeup of it's constituency, especially it's major stockholder or owner, who is usually the Chairman.

Jailed, instead of fired is more appropriate, and not just a few. Their anti-life propaganda keeps in place this children's holocaust.

Let me give some examples of how they do it. You will note they never use the terms right to life and right to be born. Instead they always call killing itself the right and in a number of ways, i.e. "right to abortion, privacy rights, right to choose, women's rights, etc." Also, they never focus on what happens to the baby, or that this is always about a parent (parents) putting her (their)child to death. Never is it about the statistic that one of 4 children are killed. Never is it about women hurt by abortion.

Also, pro-lifers are always the antagonists against women, i.e. anti-abortion and abortion supporters are the protagonists i.e. pro-choice.

Thru semantics and omission and outright fraud Mr. Cashill notes, they have brainwashed a multitude in our country, which is the only reason why the abortion holocaust remains sanctioned. The problem here goes deeper than laziness and fraud. It's always been a premeditated push for child extermination led by the left-wing media elite.

Thank you / Ron Galloy

I am 18 and went to the March for Life with the Diocese of Rockford, which had 3 bus loads with more than 1/2 being female in high school or younger. This writer blatantly manipulated coverage of the March and it is evident someone should do a little more research, such as opening her own eyes, before publishing such an absurd article. Don't be ignorant about your own assignment.

I was also there. I am an 18 year old female, and i too agree that there were alot of youth there like myself. it was quite the experience. I too came from Ohio. North east corner of the state. I will definitely keep coming every year of my life until the government gets rid of abortion.

Came with a group from Ohio and had 25 college aged women in attendance! Plus marched with many other young women from around the country that are good friends!

I, quite frankly, are TIRED of the misreporting, every single year of the March For Life in Washington D.C. I am 52 years old and I can personally say, as I was at this year's march, that the number of young religious, seminarians, priests, school aged and college aged adults outnumbered those of us over 30, praise be to God!!!

There is hope in America because God is still with us...even if you try to keep him out of societal mention, you cannot bar him from existance in the human heart for that place is his true home.

B. Rickman
Shelton CT

Our son, 19, went with a busload of Benedictine College students...all under the age of 22. :) They traveled through the night (BC is in Kansas), and they do it every year. I am dismayed...but not astonished...to see that the mainstream media almost totally ignored 300,000 voices at a time when their convictions directly conflict with those of the proposed health care bill. This is not news?
I doubt you'd even be able to get coverage if you were gay, green and pro-life...
It's the pro-life part that kills you.

This was my first march and it was so profoundly inspiring! The group was diverse in age, race, economic situation and religious affliation- yet, very united on the issue of life for the babies! So many youth cheering and demonstrating their love and commitment to the unborn.Too bad the negative press did not show this to the world! Where were they? How about O'Reilly and Hannity- thought we could count on them!

This was my first time to attend March for Life. I WILL return. I was so encouraged to see so many young people in the crowd, including my Granddaughter who attended with me. I think it would be a fair estimate that half of the marchers were under the age of 25. I saw people in wheelchairs and people with canes marching along side grade-school children for a united cause. I will be return if I have to crawl up Capitol Hill. May God bless each person who marched or supported those who did.

This was the 3rd March For Life I have attended in the past 15 years and by far the largest. I am a 34 year old woman and can honestly say there were more people my age and younger than any other age group. There were TONS of youth groups wearing matching hats, scarves or bookbags so it was easy to pick them out. It was wall to wall people! Just trying to get off the National Mall and into the street took over half an hour of moving an inch at a time. I'm so proud of and thankful for everyone who who was able to attend! Next year the March will be on a Saturday so I expect the turnout to once again be a record breaker! If you have never gone, start planning now. No doubt there is a church group or prolife group near you that will sell you a bus seat on the cheap. You'll even have some time in the morning to explore the walls and monuments before the March. It's definitely a life experience worth the undertaking.

I am a 22 year old female who attended this wonderful march in DC. I was more than pleased by the number of people who showed. The coverage of it on the other hand is very very sad. This was my first year at this Pro-life march and will not be the last. I came from Pittsburgh, PA with 14 others in a van.

I came on a bus from Illinois there were more high schoolers and college aged people at this years March for Life. It gives me hope that the young people will carry the torch for the unborn in the future. I pray that abortion is illegal within my lifetime. God Bless




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