WASHINGTON – As thousands of people marched Tuesday to mark the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion,they told reporters why they spent a cold day in the Nation's Capital.
They sang,prayed and waved signs during a rally on the Mall before marching past the Supreme Court and the Capitol.
For 20 years, the mother of six and grandmother of four and a half-dozen other supporters from her parish have picketed an abortion clinic in Fairfax every Saturday morning.
“It's a fundamental human right to live,” Ku said. “Those 50 million little souls are praying so much for all the unborn now. They suffer horribly in their deaths,like martyrs.”
She compared abortion to killing children after they are born and said they “cheapen the existence of everybody.”
She said she is disappointed in the young women she sees walking through the doors of the clinic,those who choose to terminate a pregnancy rather than carry the fetus to term and put the baby up for adoption.
“Certainly there are women who desperately want a baby,” Ku said.
“That is,because a child was created inappropriately,doesn't mean the child doesn't deserve a chance,” he said. “I would say if there is an exception it would only be for life-threatening situations for the mother. … I'm not sure what pro-choice means,but pro-life means just that,you want to support all life from the moment of fertilization through natural death. No exception,no compromise.”
He said the Supreme Court,”got it wrong. Life does begin at conception.”
He suggested that existing laws could be used to protect fetuses: “It is called murder … so if they would just enforce that we wouldn't need abortion laws.”
Jennifer English,39,a lifelong anti-abortion advocate,stood patiently behind a stroller as her family listened to speakers at the rally. For the members of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Peapack,N.J.,it was a time to show appreciation for what they had – each other.
“It's so incredible to be a part of this today,” she said.
English said she felt her children,all three of whom are adopted,were old enough to participate in the march.
Aline,7; Maria,4,and John,3,took turns holding a crayoned homemade sign of a baby surrounded by hearts and flowers.
“Their mothers could have chosen not to have them,and they didn't,” English said of her children. Bringing them to the demonstration helps “to teach them their birth mother loved them.”
English said she believes that,through the power of prayer,the decision to legalize abortion will be overturned in her lifetime.
“It was terrific,” English said after the march. “Once you got to the top of the Hill,to turn around and see all those people is so encouraging,especially the young people.”
Wanda Franz,president of the National Right to Life,which sponsored the march,said that,while the organization primarily deals with medical abortions,the French abortion pill,which was released in 2000 is dangerous. It targets younger women,she said after a press conference Tuesday before the march.
“That is disturbing to us,” Franz said.
Because of the chemical changes in makes in a woman,it can mask or mimic typical abortion effects,Franz said. Some women may not realize there is a problem until it is too late.
“These are healthy young women,and they should not be dying of this,” she said.
The success in reducing the number of abortions over the past 30 years is because of several factors,she said,including laws in some states that require that pregnant women see ultrasound images of their fetuses,a ban of partial-birth abortion and laws requiring parental involvement for minors seeking abortions.
She said the rally was “awesome. It is just something I've just never imagined how big it was. I used to watch it on TV … but I never had this kind of experience. And it's been awesome to see the youth. Because they are really,truly the foundations of changes in this.”
Saying that more than 3,500 pregnancies end in abortion every day,Long said,”I grieve for the moms,I grieve for the fathers and I grieve for God also because he's standing back and watching this and he needs people like us to step up to the plate,” she said.