|Photo: Copyright Secular Pro-Life, 2014|
But this year my friend and colleague in Secular Pro-Life, Monica Snyder, was asked to speak at the event and did a fantastic job. You can see her speech here. I still think there's some work to be done in the movement, because while Monica was speaking about not needing to make this a religious movement, I still heard someone mutter that they want this to be a religious movement. While I can understand the desire not to want to remove God from their personal pro-life convictions, as the Scriptures say we need to be as "wise as serpents but as innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16), and that we should become all things to all men (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). Now granted, those verses are speaking of salvation but I don't see any reason not to apply them to our work in convincing others that a human rights violation needs to end. Becoming all things to all people means meeting them where they're at, and if they are hostile to the Gospel, we can use science and philosophy to remove their roadblocks to belief in God or to convince them that abortion is wrong and should be illegal.
Monica's speech was one highlight of the event; the other was getting to see my friends in Secular Pro-Life that I rarely get to see. As usual, there was very little media coverage of the event, and the pro-choice protesters this year seemed to be fewer in number than last year. I actually wanted to take the time to engage some protesters but I didn't even see any at the start of the event like I did last year. The protesters (few in number, and that's not even in relation to the 50,000 or so pro-life people there that were participating) seemed to be centralized in one area.
I like what Secular Pro-Life's sign has to say, pictured above. I usually prefer not to hold signs because you really can't make a decent argument in just a few words (or one sentence). But I think this sign really cuts to the heart of why abortion is wrong. Another pro-life sign that I really liked said, "All people are equal, all choices are not," which was a sign endorsed by Feminists for Life. There was another one there that I liked, as well, but I can't remember what it said (I should have written it down).
There were some pro-choice signs that I recognized from last year, such as a sign claiming that life begins when you stand up to "Christian fascism" (a perfect example of why we need to show that this isn't a religious movement), and that the pro-life position is about patriarchy and wanting women to return to the days of "back alley abortions." As much as I dislike the simple argumentation inherent in the nature of signs, looking at the difference between pro-life signs and pro-choice signs really gives you a good idea of the nature of the argumentation of both sides: pro-choice arguments rely on emotionalism and demonizing the other side, whereas the pro-life arguments rely on science, philosophy, and equality for all human beings.
There was also a conference hosted by Students for Life that my friend Josh Brahm spoke at the next day, but unfortunately I couldn't stay for the conference.
All in all, it was a great event. There was even a Twitter campaign that went along with it to try and drum up media interest. I think that this is an event that is beneficial for pro-life people to attend; it shows the citizens of the United States that the pro-life movement is not just a small movement of upstarts but that it is a formidable force to be reckoned with. The more we can show the wrongness of abortion and do so peacefully, the more people will have to take notice. So let this be the jumping-off point. The Walk for Life is over, but the fight to end abortion is far from it. There are many ways you can get involved: find out if a pro-life speaker will be coming to a location near you and invite some friends, attend a Justice for All seminar, start a small group at your church or school, invite a speaker to give a presentation (from organizations like Life Training Institute or Right to Life of Central California), volunteer your time at a local Pregnancy Care Center, or even donate financially to pro-life organizations. The way that the pro-life cause will succeed is by everyone who is pro-life doing their part in helping to end this, and if we all participate then it's entirely possible to see Roe v. Wade overturned in our lifetimes.