By Steven Aden
On an upcoming Friday in January, hundreds of thousands of people will come to Washington, DC, for a monumental event. No, I’m not speaking of the inauguration of a new presidential administration, as important as that may be. The March for Life has been held every January for 42 years, remembering the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22nd, 1973.
Millions, undoubtedly, have marched in at least one of these gatherings, and its numbers dwarf every other “Million Person March” that’s been held in the nation’s capital over the years.
If you’ve not been to a March, it’s difficult to convey the enormity of so large a crowd. I’ve stood in front of the Supreme Court and looked west and downhill, and seen Constitution Avenue as a single moving sea of peaceful humanity, swelling up from the midst of the National Mall past the Capitol Building. Some are singing, some are chanting, and some are walking silently in reverent memory of millions of lives snuffed out before they were born. Mostly young, they remember and march for the one in three classmates, neighbors, brothers, and sisters that abortion has taken from their generation. They come every year, and almost every year the crowds get larger.
They are the reason that Life is winning, and the abortion lobby is losing.
Since Roe v. Wade, the tide has certainly turned on the abortion lobby.
Demand for abortion has dropped 40 percent over the past 25 years, so that the abortion rate today is as low as it was in 1972 – the year before Roe. The number of Americans who describe themselves as “pro-life” remains strong, and if the recent elections are a gauge, many of them vote their convictions. The Congress and the new president are poised to strip the nation’s largest abortionist, Planned Parenthood, of federal funding, following in the lead of the 15 states that have sought to do so.
And now an annual study of abortion practice in the U.S. concludes that a recent push to expand abortion by Planned Parenthood and other members of the U.S. abortion lobby has been a “failure”.
The Operation Rescue report, which Bloomberg News has called the only accurate count of abortion businesses in America, discovered that despite a push by Planned Parenthood to offer the “abortion pill” – RU-486 – at more sites, it is closing other surgical abortion sites and abortion referral businesses at the same rate – leaving the number of abortion facilities flat.
But in its rush to increase abortion access, Planned Parenthood has left women’s health in its rear-view mirror. In fact, Planned Parenthood has closed 20 facilities that offered only non-abortion services in the past year – fully seven percent of its non-abortion businesses.
And this reflects a pattern, according to a recent Radiance Foundation report. Planned Parenthood has been reducing its healthcare services in favor of its real money-maker – abortion. Breast cancer “screenings” (NOT mammograms – they don’t do those) are down 51.3% in the last five years; PAP tests are down 64.7%, prenatal care is down 44% - even STD testing is down 5.4% over that period.
Planned Parenthood has lost over half a million “customers” in five years as it has desperately poured activism and funding into abortion.
Memo to the Supreme Court, then: what it made legal in Roe it could not make popular, or even acceptable, as millions of marchers through the years testify. Since the “high water mark” for abortion in 1991, fully three-quarters of all U.S. abortion clinics have closed their doors.
Whether or not Roe is one day tossed onto the ash heap of history – and I believe it will be – the silent witnesses at the March for Life are here to say that abortion itself is evil, and will end.