Friday January 22, 2010
Sarah Palin Promotes March for Life, Joins Virtual March
By Patrick B. Craine
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Governor Sarah Palin has used her influence to promote today’s National March for Life in Washington, D.C., and urged those who couldn’t participate to join her in the Virtual March for Life. In a note yesterday on her Facebook page, which boasts over 1.2 million fans, she emphasized the positive witness that the marchers, and the whole pro-life movement, bring to a true culture of life.
“Every year hundreds of thousands of everyday Americans from across our nation brave the cold weather on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision to bear a positive witness to the culture of life,” the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate wrote.
Despite the fact that abortion promoters used the Roe decision to pretend that the abortion issue was “no longer open for debate and that we should get over it and move on,” Palin says that “we couldn’t get over the stirrings of our conscience or move on from an issue that cuts to the heart of who we are as a nation.”
The massive crowd of marchers – “these warrior souls,” as she describes them – come every year “to remind us that every innocent life is beautiful, precious and full of potential,” and “to show their dedication to the weakest among us: those with special needs, women without anyone to turn to, and children without a voice.”
Contradicting the common rhetoric, she asserts that “the pro-life movement is pro-women.” This movement, she says, “empowers women with the message that we are strong enough and smart enough to be able to pursue education, vocations and avocations while giving life to a child.”
She also points out that the pro-life movement is “largely run by women,” and that many of the early leaders in the women’s rights movement were pro-life, such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul.
“Today, more and more young women agree with these feminist foremothers, for they know in their hearts that the culture of life empowers women by offering them real choices,” she says.
The pro-life movement enables these “real choices,” she continues, through such efforts as “the helpful pregnancy resource centers, the counseling hotlines, the foster care facilities, the adoption services, and countless other outreach programs that offer compassionate assistance and friendship to women who are struggling.”
“I know from experience the joy and blessings that come from embracing life, and I know how important their work is in helping women choose life despite less than ideal circumstances,” she says.
She calls out the media spin that distorts the pro-life movement’s “positive message,” saying that “this annual rally is not about anger and controversy; it’s about a huge grassroots effort to make our voices heard in support of women and their children.”
Palin concludes by urging those who cannot participate in the March to join her in the Virtual March for Life, which has attracted over 70,000 participants at the time of writing.
“Together we can bear witness to the beauty and blessings of the culture of life,” she says.
See the Virtual March for Life.