Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters from the San Francisco Bay area and throughout California converged on San Francisco for the fifth annual Walk for Life, West Coast, on Saturday, January 24. In spite of threats of rain and the even more threatening prospect of violent counter-demonstrators, the peaceful march through San Francisco's famous Fisherman's Wharf district continued its trend of dramatically increasing in size each year.
Yesterday, January 22, saw a veritable army of pro-lifers participate in the 35th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This demonstration of public sentiment was first held in 1974 to mark the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. In that decision, of course, the Supreme Court ruled that all state laws prohibiting abortion were unconstitutional. Since then, an estimated 50,000,000 babies have been killed in the womb in the United States.
Americans who came from all over the United States gathered in our nation's capital on January 22 to participate in the 35th annual March for Life. Though official attendance figures were unavailable as we write, observers speaking on the EWTN television network said it appeared the number of marchers exceed last year's 200,000.
Once again, Americans have proven their mettle in the face of disaster — or in this case used it to prevent a disaster — in what New York Governor David A. Paterson has described as the "Miracle on the Hudson." When US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to make a splash landing in the Hudson River on Thursday, January 15, cool heads prevailed and what could have been an immense tragedy turned into 10 minutes of teamwork that has awed the nation.
His birthday is celebrated throughout the world this month. Though he lived on earth only 33 years, today's date is measured from when he was born. Though he lived in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago, more than one billion people today call themselves his followers. Though he never wrote a book, tens of thousands of books have been written about his life and his teachings. His name is Jesus, and he has had a more salutary influence on human history than any person who ever lived.