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Alabamians join March For Life held in Washington

At the 2017 March for Life

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Hundreds of thousands of Pro-Life advocates marched on Washington January 19 pleading with the country to protect the lives of the pre-born.  President Donald Trump addressed the Pro-Life marchers.

On Saturday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement supporting the March. “As a teenager, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,” Ivey said.  “My faith has taught me to love life, love one another and that God, our Creator, values each individual person.  That’s why I’m strongly pro-life and believe life begins at conception.  If you believe that life begins at conception, stand with me.

“Yesterday, passionate pro-life Alabamians gathered in Washington, D.C. to mark the 45th anniversary of the dreadful day of the Roe v. Wade decision,” Ivey said.  “Alabama was front and center at this year’s March for Life defending human life at all stages. Students from Montgomery and representatives from the Archdiocese of Mobile carried the head-of-the-line banner as marchers headed across the National Mall.  I am proud to have them representing our great state on a national level and proud of their commitment to the sanctity of life. Will you join your fellow Alabamians in Washington by standing up for the innocent and the voiceless?”

“With your help, we can repair Washington’s broken moral landscape,” Gov. Ivey said.

Ahead of the March, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act by a vote of 241 to 183.  H.R. 4712 would require that an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt receives the same medical attention that any other infant would receive. It also puts into place legal ramifications for failure to comply with this standard.

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby cosponsored the bill and gave a speech on the floor of the House in support of H.R. 4712.

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“Of course I support this measure, but it still feels strange to stand here in defense of living, breathing children – to even have to make the case that a baby who survives an abortion and is born into this world should be treated just like a baby born any other way – but unfortunately, we must,” Representative Roby said.  “But unfortunately, we must. There is currently no law mandating that a baby born alive after a failed abortion receive medical treatment instead of being left to die.  So that’s why we’re here – to require under federal law – nationwide – that a baby born alive after an abortion attempt receives the same care that any other baby would receive.   So finally, my question to those who would oppose such a measure is this: How is the life of one baby any different or less valuable than the life of another baby? How do you justify that?”

President Trump addressed the March for Life via video address. He is the first president to give a live-video-feed address to pro-life participants:

“Today I’m honored and really proud to be the first president to stand with you here at the White House to address the 45th March for Life, that’s very very special, 45th March for Life, and this is a truly remarkable group,” Pres. Trump said. “Today tens of thousands of families, students, and patriots, and really just great citizens gather here in our nations Capitol. You come from many backgrounds, and many places, but you all come for one beautiful cause, to build a society where life is celebrated and protected and cherished.”

“The March for Life is a movement born out of love: you love your families; you love your neighbors; you love our nation; and you love every child born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God,” Pres. Trump continued.  “We know that life is the greatest miracle of all. We see it in the eyes of every new mother who cradles that wonderful, innocent, and glorious-newborn child in her loving arms. I want to thank every person here today and all across our country who works with such big hearts and tireless devotion to make sure that parents have the caring support they need to choose life.  Because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born and reached their full God-given potential, because of you. You’re living witnesses of this year’s March for life theme, and that theme is, ‘Love Saves Lives.’”

“As you all know Roe versus Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world. For example, in the United States, it’s one of only seven countries to allow elective late-term abortions along with China North Korea and others,” the President said. Right now, in a number of States, the laws allow a baby to be born [sic, aborted] from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month.  It is wrong. It has to change.  Americans are more and more pro-life. You see that all the time. In fact, only 12% of Americans support abortion on demand at any time.  Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independent, and that is the ‘right to life.’”

Trump declared Monday. January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day

“We must be particularly vigilant to safeguard the most vulnerable lives among us,” Trump said. ‘This is why we observe National Sanctity of Human Life Day: to affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as “non-human.”  Reverence for every human life, one of the values for which our Founding Fathers fought, defines the character of our Nation. Today, it moves us to promote the health of pregnant mothers and their unborn children. It animates our concern for single moms; the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled; and orphan and foster children. It compels us to address the opioid epidemic and to bring aid to those who struggle with mental illness. It gives us the courage to stand up for the weak and the powerless. And it dispels the notion that our worth depends on the extent to which we are planned for or wanted.  Science continues to support and build the case for life. Medical technologies allow us to see images of the unborn children moving their newly formed fingers and toes, yawning, and even smiling. Those images present us with irrefutable evidence that babies are growing within their mothers’ wombs — precious, unique lives, each deserving a future filled with promise and hope. We can also now operate on babies in utero to stave off life-threatening diseases. These important medical advances give us an even greater appreciation for the humanity of the unborn.”

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While the mainstream media largely ignored the March for Life on Friday, enormous media coverage was given to the liberal women in their signature crochet p—y hats who marched over the weekend protesting President Trump’s election, even though by most accounts the annual March for Life was the larger protest and the liberal women’s march was much smaller than last year’s event.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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