Nearly 10,000 pro-life supporters marched to the Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on September 27 to greet state representatives on their first day back in legislative session. The march, organized by the national March for Life organization, is part of a multi-state strategy to expand the pro-life message to reach more people and more legislators beyond what the yearly national event in Washington, D.C. accomplishes.
The Pennsylvania march is actually the third state march this year, following successful events in Virginia and California.
Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Defense and Education Fund, spoke at the Pennsylvania event.
“We are proud to host this first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life and to be joined by so many remarkable pro-life leaders who, in their own ways, work daily to build a culture of life,” Mancini said. “We hope this event will energize the people of Pennsylvania to help shape local policies that respect the rights of the unborn.”
Michael Geer is the president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, an ally of Focus on the Family and part of a state network of family policy councils. He also addressed the crowd at a rally on the steps of the Capitol.
“Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision, well over two million unborn babies have lost their lives to abortion in Pennsylvania alone,” Geer said. “Every day in our Commonwealth, the lives of over 80 unborn babies are taken through abortion. And that’s why we march. It’s time for this to end.”
Another pro-life stalwart who spoke is Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who understands the ugly inner workings of the abortion industry. Johnson has also appeared on the Focus on the Family daily broadcast and has spoken several times with The Daily Citizen about her pro-life work.
“When you’re a pro-abortion person, you have to believe the lie,” Johnson told the Pennsylvania marchers. “Because if you actually allow yourself to know the truth, to see the truth, to believe the truth…then you can’t support abortion anymore.”
Pennsylvania legislators passed three pro-life bills earlier in 2021:
- The Unborn Child Dignity Act, which requires health care facilities to provide parents the option of burial or cremation after the death of a pre-born child;
- The Down Syndrome Protection Act, which prohibits an abortion due to a diagnosis of Down Syndrome; and
- The Heartbeat Bill, which prohibits any abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
All three were vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf. The governor issued a statement following the March for Life rally, in which he said:
“As I have said before, so-called ‘pro-life’ policies are actually anti-choice. Instead of rallying for policies that have detrimental impacts on Commonwealth residents, we should all be focused on policies to support women, children, and families.”
Wolf also said he plans to veto any bill that is, in his words, “anti-choice.”
Hopefully, the impact of seeing and hearing 10,000 marchers outside their windows will encourage the legislators to continue passing pro-life legislation. Pray for the governor to have a change of heart concerning the need to protect pre-born lives.
HD Editor’s Note: Why Is This News Biblically Relevant?
Our culture at all costs seeks to hide the truth surrounding the evils of abortion. Those that are Pro-Life are being silenced. Movies and documentaries surrounding the true horrors of Abortion are censored.
A person should ask themselves, why? Why is the basic and scientific knowledge of the humanity of the unborn actively being kept from public view? Why are liberal legislators actively working to stop women from viewing ultrasounds prior to receiving abortions? Why are people not educated about the dark, racist history of abortion’s founding women?
Ken Ham, Founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, recently tweeted: “The world hates God and demands the sacrifice of children to the “god of self.” Yes, like the Psalmist cried out, ‘they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters…and the land was polluted with blood’ (Psalm 106:38). The world hides the truth to justify their evil ways.“
Ham in his article, “Abortion—Is the Bible Ambiguous?,” also explained that it is a massive failure on the part of Parents and Churches that there are so many Christians today who are “wishy-washy” on such an important issue:
Abortion is the killing of an unborn child in his or her mother’s womb. There’s really no other honest way of describing it. Actually, there is another word for it—murder. So-called “pro-choice” activists (really, “pro-murder” activists) use terms like “reproductive freedom,” “health care,” or “a woman’s right to choose” to try and make abortion sound like anything but what it is—the intentional murder of an unborn child.
It is a massive failure on the part of parents and the church that nearly half of professing Christians believe the Bible is wishy-washy or unclear on the sanctity of every human life, including the unborn. Scripture is not ambiguous—it is abundantly clear. People just either don’t know their Bibles, have never been taught to use the Bible as their starting point, or are suppressing the truth that is abundant from God’s Word and science to go along with the culture of death and its message that women can only be free if they’re legally permitted to murder their own children. Really, abortion is nothing but child sacrifice under another name.
Parents and pastors—don’t just assume your children, grandchildren, or congregations understand that abortion is a vile evil, that it is sin, and that God’s Word speaks clearly on this issue. Many churches have just assumed those filling the pews are pro-life—but studies show over and over that is not the case! The church is thinking very much like the world, with little knowledge of God’s Word or understanding how to start with God’s Word and think biblically about these vital social issues.
Now more than ever it is vital for people to be sharing important facts about abortion with others.
Pastors have a responsibility in our “culture of death” to be speaking to their churches about the Biblical Truth surrounding this matter, whether popular or unpopular with the congregants. They must do this to equip and protect the flock Jesus has entrusted to them.
Christians are called in Scripture to stand up for Biblical Truth and be a restraining force in an ever increasingly wicked and godless world. Scripture says we are to be Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16). If Believers in Jesus Christ refuse to speak up on issues like abortion, there will be nothing to hold back this atrocity from becoming even more widespread.
We need to proclaim the Truth this world desperately needs: Jesus Christ did not come to tolerate our sins… He came to save us from our sin.