Thanks to everyone who came out to Saturday’s Roe Memorial, Mass, Rally and Dallas March for Life! We’ll have photos and video soon! Here’s a little recap until then.
The weather was cold and wet for most of last week. Even as the first Rosary prayers arrived at Routh street abortion center at 8 a.m. Saturday, they walked through the faint drizzle of a gray morning. Eventually, there would be about 500 people descending from shuttle busses onto the 4300 block of North Central Expressway in Dallas. The crowd was mixed with children bundled in warm layers, fathers clutching the hands of their youngest, high school students on a weekend outing with their class, all keeping a steady pace and watching out for the muddy puddles along the sidewalks.
This was the first year the Catholic Pro-Life Committee held the Rosary part of the Roe Memorial at the Routh street abortuary. For more than 10 years, the Fairmount abortion center near Guadalupe Cathedral in uptown had been the site of the Rosary, but that was before it closed its doors in late 2009 to move to the Southwestern late-term abortuary in north Dallas.
Something else was different this year, 2010. We have the most abortion-minded President ever making a year’s worth of terrible decisions that have only served to further the agenda of Planned Parenthood and other anti-life organizations. On Saturday, with the abortion-funded Healthcare bill looming in the political background, the mood was more urgent. The effort felt more real, the need for change more dire.
The March for Life from Guadalupe Cathedral to the Earle Cabell Courthouse reflected the sentiments of the Rosary earlier that day, except instead of 500 peaceful activists, there were 6,000 – 7,000 walking in the sunshine that had come out to warm the way to the Rally.
People tired of sitting on the abortion sidelines packed the parking lot across from the courthouse where cheers and claps echoed through downtown Dallas. These were ordinary people who made a decision to pack up their kids, their friends, their family members and take an extra
ordinary stand for something so basic, yet so threatened—life.