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:
Today, 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.
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:
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.
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.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.
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.
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.