March for Life
On January 27, 2017, Rebecca Lamb led a Daystar film crew to Washington D.C. to cover the 44th annual March for Life. We asked her to share her thoughts and experiences from the event in her own words. Read on to learn all about it…
The moment I heard about the March for Life, an event dedicated to the Pro-Life movement, I knew I needed to go. By the grace of God and with the help of the amazing Daystar crew, a team was assembled to travel to Washington D.C. to cover the March. My heart and hope was to use Daystar’s platform to extend the reach of March for Life’s message, to tell the stories of the people attending the March to the world, and to educate our viewers on March for Life and the Pro-Life movement.
It was a sunny morning as our team made our way to the March for Life event. In the distance you could hear the faint sounds of drumming and the unified cheers of people. As we neared the site, the sound became louder; and soon we saw the massive throngs of people assembled across the lawn in front of the Washington Monument. Various bright signs and banners were held in the air, adding pops of color among the crowds. Flags waved in the wind. Before the March I was unsure how many people would even attend since I had never been before. When I first laid eyes on the masses of people gathered together in passionate support for the unborn, I was moved. To see that many people together in one place who cared like I cared – it made me realize I was not alone, and there are many people who still passionately advocate for the rights of unborn children. The rally was powerful, uplifting, and inspiring. I stood in the media booth as I witnessed gifted politicians, authors, pastors, clergymen, and our Vice President speak about the Pro-Life movement and explain why advocating for the unborn is so important.
Vice President Mike Pence made history by being the first sitting VP to attend a March for Life. His speech was concise and powerful while also being loving and humble. He addressed the crowd saying, “Life is winning again in America!” He also reminded us of what the Pro-Life movement is all about, “Let this movement be known for love, not anger. Let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation. When it comes to matters of the heart, there is nothing stronger than gentleness. I believe we will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation, if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children, and if each of us does all we can to meet them where they are with generosity, not judgment.” As each speaker addressed the crowd I was instilled with the hope that one day Roe V. Wade could be overturned, and Planned Parenthood defunded.
After the rally, everyone gathered on Constitution Avenue, ready to march. I saw the street fill up deep and wide; I was shocked at the sheer number of people there. Once everyone was assembled, the March began. People in the crowd held up signs and cheered chants like, “we are the pro-life generation,” as they made their way to the Supreme Court building – our final destination. During this time, we were able to interview marchers of all ages, many with compelling insights on the Pro-Life movement and each with a personal story that led them to participate in the March. When we finally arrived at the steps of the Supreme Court, we witnessed women from the Silent No More awareness campaign share heartbreaking stories of regret over their past abortions. Though once scared and ashamed, they bravely brought their stories into the light with the hope that it may help other women – both born and unborn. March for Life was truly a triumphant day; and as it ended, hope filled the air. Life indeed seems to be winning in America again.
Photos by Emily Green/March for Life
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