They have traveled to Washington DC for the past 44 years, these steadfast defenders of life.
Nothing has deterred them from their mission, even when a blizzard threatened them last year. They came anyway, their numbers smaller, but still they rallied to stand for life.
The theme for this year’s March for Life was “The Power of One.” It says that one person can turn hearts to the cause of life.
I would also say that power comes from millions of voices speaking one truth: that all lives are precious. They too, form a Power of One.
It’s a truth proclaimed by the Christian faithful, that all lives are given by God and are to be cherished. They treasure these ancient words of the Psalmist:
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.a
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
Their voices are one, those Roman Catholics and Lutherans and Mormons and evangelicals. They are one with the high church clergy of the Orthodox Christian church and their more exuberant brethren in the African-American Church of God in Christ.
The Power of One is not only made up of Christian voices. Secular voices also join them. Feminists for Life correctly assert that “women deserve better.”