Events Begin Today
January 22 is the 29th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and this year's March for Life, which commemorates that event, will be preceded by a weekend of pro-life activities featuring motivated young people. Rock for Life director Brian Kemper says hundreds of young people will be in the nation's capital for the event, starting on Saturday [January 19].
“We're going to have a big concert on Saturday, and then some pro-life training classes on Sunday and Monday … along with a candlelight prayer vigil at the Supreme Court on Sunday evening, then some different activism around Washington, D.C.,” Kemper says. “This will all bring us to … the anniversary of Roe v. Wade — and that morning we'll have a big Rock for Life concert on the Mall, then join in with the March for Life.”
More than 100,000 people are expected for the main march on Tuesday. Kemper says the special group of youth arriving early will be from various chapters of Rock for Life across the nation. He says it is unfortunate that at the same time as the Rock for Life concerts, other bands will be using their music to promote abortion.
Music in the March
One of the pro-life bands that will be featured during the youth rallies is Wisconsin-based Hangnail. “Music is a gift from God,” Mike Middleton, lead singer for the band, says. “We should not be using our talents to destroy life, but instead to celebrate it and welcome babies into this world.” Other groups featured at the youth concerts include Cool Hand Luke and Jennifer's Regret.
Rock for Life is a division of the American Life League, the nation's largest pro-life educational organization. ALL boasts more than 300,000 supporters nationwide.
Many of the pro-life supporters expected are also supporters of President Bush. Presidential advisor Tim Goeglein responded this way when asked if the President will be taking part in the March for Life.
“I know that the President has been invited, but I'm not aware of what the President's schedule is yet,” Goeglein said. “I don't know that he's accepted that invitation, I'm just not aware of what the current state of play is.”
Goeglein said he takes part himself in the March for Life each year, and that he will be looking forward to it again this year.
Meanwhile: Silence on Health Threat
Meanwhile, a leading family-values advocate says in America, political correctness seems to be more important than women's health because women are still in the dark about the link between abortion and breast cancer.
A settlement has been reached in a civil lawsuit against an Australian abortionist, who will have to pay a woman an undisclosed sum for failing to warn her that she faced an increased risk of breast cancer as a result of abortion. Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America says it is unlikely that that doctors in the U.S. will be warning women about the proven link between abortion and breast cancer.
“The studies prove it out,” Wright says. “Unfortunately the politics of abortion is keeping the information from women. In many other cases, if you're speaking with your doctor and … there is even the slightest risk attached with a medication … or some form of treatment, then [the doctor is] obligated to tell you so that you can make an informed decision.”
“What we find in this case is a paternalistic bigotry toward women,” she says.
Wright says abortionists in America continue to not only keep this information from women, but many actually deny that a link exists. “There is very convincing scientific evidence to prove that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer,” she says. “[I]f someone has an abortion — and particularly if they are younger when they have the abortion [or] if they are a teenager and they've not had a full pregnancy before that — that puts them at a much higher risk.”
Fortunately, Wright says, legislatures in several states will soon be addressing the abortion-breast cancer link. One case is currently pending against a North Dakota abortionist who failed to tell women about the inherent risk.
(This article courtesy of Agape Press.)