While it marks a solemn anniversary, the March for Life is one of my favorite occasions of the year, as it brings together so many good people for such a great cause: the protection of the dignity of every human life at every stage and condition. You could say it is just an intimate gathering of hundreds of thousands of close friends.
Thursday evening, I attended the powerful vigil Mass at the National Shrine, standing in a corner at the very back of the very packed basilica.
Friday morning, I began a full day by attending the Blogs for Life 2010 conference, which featured an interesting agenda of prolife leaders presenting various aspects of the movement and expert panels on using new media to advance the cause.
Leading prolife bloggers discuss the new media and the message.
The Rally and March itself were an impressive display of support for protecting human life and opposing abortion.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women's group, called this year's March for Life "an impressive and visible sign of a quiet populist reality" where more than 300,000 people are estimated to have attended.
Following the March, I took time to rest with friends at Madonna House and at The Dubliner before heading to the Rose Dinner where Princeton Professor Robert George gave a powerful assessment of "Our Struggle for the Soul of the Nation."
Below are more pics from the March.
The young carry a message to society.
A message for President Obama
Speaking Truth to Power
Women and men hurt by abortion shout "We will be - Silent No More!"
The cause of life must be advanced in every political party.
"Let Justice Roll!" proclaims a Christian rock band in front of the Supreme Court.
Below: One graphic image, just as a reminder of what it's all about