Why We March

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The 41st annual March for Life in Washington DC on January 22 will draw hundreds of thousands of marchers from across the country.  Largely ignored by the media every year,  last year’s march included an estimated record number of participants – over 500,000.  While these marchers represent all 50 states, all ages and walks of life, we are united in our purpose and commitment.

We march because it is our First Amendment right as citizens to freedom of speech, assembly, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievance. We march in Washington because it is from there that the Supreme Court handed down concurrent decisions on January 22, 1974,  Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton,  that struck down all existing state laws regarding abortion and unleashed 41 years of abortion-on-demand for the full nine months of pregnancy in all fifty states.

We march because we believe in the words of the Declaration of Independence which acknowledge “self-evident” truths of the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  As good citizens, we seek to restore these rights acknowledged by our founding fathers which have been denied to millions of unborn children.

We march to protect women.  According to reports by The Elliott Institute, almost one-third of women having abortions report suffering physical health complications; 10% suffer immediate, potentially life-threatening complications.  Post-abortive women have a 65% higher risk of clinical depression vs. childbirth; 65% suffer symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; and have a 3.5 times higher death rate from various causes after abortion than after giving birth.  The suicide rate among post-abortive women is six times higher than those who give birth.  Abortion nearly triples a woman’s risk of breast cancer and increases a woman’s risk of future miscarriages by 60%.

We march because we’re saving lives. National Right to Life reports that there is a long-term trend for fewer abortions.  The number is down significantly from 1990 when the country saw an all-time high of 1.6 million abortions per year.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control reported that abortion numbers for 2009 reflected a 4.6% reduction and another 3.1% reduction in 2010.  If the number of abortions had remained at 1.6 million, seven million more babies would have died.  In Missouri, the number of abortions has been reduced by almost half in the last ten years.

The efforts of the pro-life community to educate people on the truth and consequences of abortion, to provide alternatives to women in crisis pregnancies, to elect candidates who support the right to life of unborn children, and to support legislation that seeks to protect women from being victimized by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry is saving lives, millions of them.

We march because we know that each and every human life has dignity and worth and must be respected and protected from the moment of conception.  We know that the abortion culture has degraded that respect for all human life that is displayed daily throughout the American culture.

There are 56 million reasons why we march – the number of abortions since Roe and Doe as estimated by National Right Life based on reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood.  56 million – a number that represents the total combined population of over 18 states.  A number 40 times all American war deaths since the Civil War.

The marchers are overwhelmingly young people who recognize that these 56 million lives lost would have been their friends, neighbors, co-workers.  They know that they themselves are survivors of a culture that increasingly seeks to solve its problems with violent means.  They march because they recognize the injustice of these 56 million abortions.  They march because they know that if those 56 million lives had no value, then their own lives are in jeopardy.

The March for Life is the longest, largest, most consecutive public assembly in the history of the United States.  On this January 22, the 41st anniversary of the tragic Roe and Doe decisions, we march once again as we will every year until the promise of our founding of fathers is restored to all Americans – born and unborn.   We march for many reasons – 56 million of them.

Pam Fichter
President, Missouri Right to Life

MidWest March for Life

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On Saturday, January 25, hundreds will gather at 10:00 am in front of the Governor’s Executive Mansion at 100 Madison Street for the Fourth Annual Mid-West March for Life. Marchers will proceed through the streets of downtown Jefferson City to rally at the Capitol to focus attention on what 41 years of legalized abortion has wrought.  Missouri Right to Life President, Pam Fichter will address the Rally.

For more information visit: http://www.midwestmarchforlife.com

Missouri Life Caravan Heads to Washington DC

Missouri-Life-CaravanWednesday, January 22nd, marks the 41st year of legalized abortion in the United States, the loss of an estimated 56 million lives. We pray for the unborn and for the safety of those traveling to Washington DC to attend the National March for Life.

Buses from all over Missouri will be headed to Washington DC filled with pro-lifers commemorating the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Missouri Right to Life is sending almost 1,000 people to stand up for life. At this time, the buses are full.

In the morning there will be a meeting with Missouri legislators in room 485 of the Russell Senate Office Building. Click here for the full schedule of speakers.

After the legislative meeting, the participants will proceed to the March Rally. The MRL group will be gathering at the Carousel on the Mall  at 7th and Madison. After the March, participants will visit individual Congressmen’s and Congresswomen’s offices.

Missouri Remembers Roe

Pro-life citizens from around the state are planning activities to commemorate the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade and remember the over 53 MILLION unborn children who have been killed as a result of that ruling.

Thousands of Missourians will be boarding buses to head to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. Several Missouri Right to Life chapters will also have events in their communities.

If you are unable to travel to Washington, please attend a local event to acknowledge the lives lost due to the Roe v Wade decision.

March for Life Bus Trips

Missouri Life Caravan – The annual bus trip to Washington, DC’s March for Life, January 22-24. Call MRL-Eastern Region, 314-434-4900, or MRL State Office, 573-635-5110, or e-mail LifeCaravan@missourilife.org for more information.

Sedalia Chapter – 2012 Right to Life Trip to Washington DC, January 21-24. E-mail David Fall at dfall@gogremlins.com or call 660-221-6138 for more information

Springfield/Cape Girardeau – January 21-24, five buses will leave from Springfield and also pick up passengers in Cape Girardeau. Please call 573-334-7298 or e-mail kkeesee@charter.net for more information

Washington MO – January 20-24. Please call 636-239-5883 or e-mail bill.gegg@att.net for more information

Western Region – Please call 816-353-4113 or e-mail mrlwr@att.net for information.

Community Events

Barton County Chapter – Jan. 22nd, 2:00 p.m., Memorial Hall, Lamar. Guest speaker State Rep. Mike Kelly, and a presentation by Life Choices Pregnancy Resource Center

East Central Area Chapter – Jan. 23rd, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Candlelight Memorial Gathering at two locations: 5th & Jefferson in Washington, MO and at the Courthouse Square in
Union, MO

Mid Missouri March for Life – Jan 18th, 7:00p.m. Dinner, St. Martin’s Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 Rt. T, Jefferson City. Guest speakers Shawn Carney, co-founder of 40 Days for Life, and Dr. Alan Keyes. Jan. 19th, 10:00a.m. March to the Capitol. Guest speakers Dr. Keyes, Bridget Van Means, President of Thrive, and Coach Dave Daubenmire. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Help Center, St. Raymond’s Society, and 40 Days for Life. For more information, call 571-403-2977.

Monroe City Chapter – Ecumenical prayer service and candlelight march in Monroe City. The prayer service is at the K of C Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. and the march will follow. Contact Charlotte Schneider 573-735-2082 for information.

Sedalia Chapter – Jan. 23rd, 12 noon, Annual Memorial at the Pettis County Courthouse. Guest speaker Missouri Right to Life President Pam Ficther.

Western Region – January 22nd Candlelight Vigil for Life, 23rd & Noland Rd., 6:00 p.m. Contact Linda Vansandt, 816-252-2486, for information

January 23rd Prayer Vigil for Life, noon to 1:00 p.m., Ilus Davis Park (north side), 400 E. 9th St., Kansas City, MO. Contact the Missouri Right to Life Western Region office for more information, 816-353-4113

2012 Missouri March for Life Bus Trips

Thousands of Missourians will be boarding buses to head to Washington, D.C. for the 39th annual March for Life on January 23, 2012. Join us and thousands of others from across the Nation for this huge pro-life gathering at our nation’s capitol to commemorate the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

January 22-24 St. Louis metro area: Travel to Washington, D.C. on one of our Missouri Life Caravan buses leaving from throughout the St. Louis metro area. These buses still have room. Click here for more information.

January 21-24 Sedalia: 2012 Right to Life Trip to Washington D.C. arranged by the Sedalia Chapter of Missouri Right to Life. Charter bus will leave from Concordia at 6 a.m. and pick up passengers in Sedalia and Kingdom City on the way to D.C. For more information email dfall@gogremlins.com or call 660-221-6138. Click here to download a registration form.

January 20-24 Washington, MO: Please call 636-239-5883 or e-mail bill.gegg@att.net for more information.

Jan 21-24 Springfield/Cape Girardeau: Five buses will leave from Springfield and pick up passengers in Cape Girardeau. Please call 573-334-7298 or email kkeesee@charter.net for more information.

Kansas City area: Please call 816-353-4113. or email mrl-wr@att.net for information.

Meet With Missouri Legislators While at the March for Life in D.C.

What: Opportunity to meet with elected Pro-Life
Representatives.

When: Monday, January 24, 2011, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Doors open at 8:30 am

Where: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902

All who are going to Washington for the March for Life are encouraged to attend this meeting. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your passion for life to your elected representatives.

The following is a list of legislators and the times of their appearance:

Senator Roy Blunt 9:30 am
Congressman Billy Long 9:45 am
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer 10:30 am
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler 11:00 am
Congressman Todd Akin 11:15 am
Leave for March for Life Rally 11:30 am

After the March for Life visit with your Congressmen or their Assistants:

Congressman Billy Long will be available from 4 – 4:30 pm in 1541 Longworth House Office Building.

Congressmen Todd Akin and Blaine Luetkemeyer will host a reception from 3 pm to 5 pm in Madison Hall First Floor – Library of Congress Madison Building (2 blocks South of the U.S.Supreme Court Building.)

The following will have Legislative Assistants available to meet with:

Senator Roy Blunt‘s assistant, Richard Eddings will be available at 3:00 p.m. in B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Congressman Sam Grave‘s assistant, Chad Ramey will be available at 3:30 in 1415 Longworth House Office Building

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler‘s assistant, Sarah Osborn will be available at 3:00 pm in 1023 Longworth House Office Building.

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson‘s assistant, Justin Sok will be available at 3 pm in 2230 Rayburn House Office Building.

Missouri Plans for Roe Anniversary

Pro-life citizens from around the state are planning activities to commemorate the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Thousands of Missourians will be boarding buses to head to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. Several Missouri Right to Life chapters will also have events in their communities.

If you are unable to travel to Washington, please attend a local event to acknowledge the lives lost due to Roe v Wade decision.

March for Life Bus Trips

January 23-25 St. Louis metro area: Travel to Washington, D.C. on one of our Missouri Life Caravan buses leaving from throughout the St. Louis metro area. These buses still have room. Click here for more information.

To send off the Caravan, there will be a rally on Saturday, January 22 at the foot of the Arch at 9:00 am. We will have speakers from Silent No More, as well as Missouri Right to Life and clergy.

January 22-25 Sedalia: 2011 Right to Life Trip to Washington D.C. arranged by the Sedalia Chapter of Missouri Right to Life. Charter bus will leave from Concordia at 6 a.m. and pick up passengers in Sedalia and Kingdom City on the way to D.C. For more information email dfall@gogremlins.com or call 660-221-6138

January 21-25 Washington, MO: The bus from the East Central Chapter MRL Chapter in Washington, MO will leave Friday, Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. from Borgia High School and return at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Seats are still available, please email bill.gegg@att.net for more information.

January 24 Washington, DC: While in D.C. everyone is welcome to attend a legislative meeting on the morning of the 24th with Sen. Roy Blunt, Congressman Todd Akin (2nd District); Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (4th District) and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (9th District). Schedule for the meeting will be posted on the Missouri Right to Life website within the next week.

Community Events

Saturday, January 15, Troy, MO: Lincoln County will be having the annual Pro-Life Vigil Saturday January 15, 2011. It will be at St Stephens Methodist Church beginning at 7:00pm. St Stephens is in Troy on Hwy 47 near Walmart.

Sunday, January 23, Monroe City: We are having a candlelight prayer service and march on Jan. 23rd. It will be in the K of C hall in Monroe City and begin with an interdenominational prayer service at 5:00 pm. We will then march carrying candles and crosses to the railroad tracks and back to the hall. Then we will have refreshments.

Monday, January 24, Washington and Union: There will be a Sidewalk Candlelight Vigil beginning at 5 pm at the corner of Jefferson and 4th Sts in Washington and also in Union at the town square.

Monday, January 24, Kansas City: from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Missouri Right to Life has organized the Annual Kansas City Prayer Vigil for Life at the Federal Court House, Ilus Davis Plaza, 400 9th St., Kansas City, MO. Join fellow pro-lifers to show your support for life and to pray for the success and safe travel of the March for Life pilgrims!

Monday, January 24, Warrensburg: Candlelight Children’s Memorial Service on Monday, January 24, 2011, which will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 300 South Ridgeview Drive in Warrensburg. The service will begin at 7 pm. Chaplain (Lt. Colonel) William A. Bartoul is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Monday, January 24, Sedalia: There will be a rally at 12:00 noon at the Pettis County Courthouse. Former Representative and pro-life activist Therese Sander will be the speaker.

SMILE! Your Mom Chose Life!

Attention Missouri March for Lifers!

On this 37th anniversary of legalized abortion on demand, thousands of Missourians are heading to Washington D.C. to witness for life. We urge all participants in the March for Life also to attend “The Missouri Big Meeting” with our congressional delegation. It is vitally important that your representatives have the chance to see the commitment of pro-life Missourians and to hear your collective voice. The meeting takes place prior to the March. After the March, please take time to stop by the office of both Missouri senators and your Congressman. For specifics on visiting the senators and congressmen, click here to see appointment schedule.

MISSOURI LIFE CARAVAN BUSES TO WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR THE 37th ANNUAL NATIONAL MARCH FOR LIFE THE MISSOURI BIG MEETING

January 22, 2010, 9:00am-11:30am in Room 902, Hart Senate Office Building

Room 902 opens at 8:30 am

March for Life Documentary in Maryville, MO

Thine Eyes

On Monday September 14 the documentary Thine Eyes about the 2009 March for Life will be showing at the Hangar in Maryville, MO (1602 South Main Street) at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds will go to the Thine Eyes Fund in Olathe, KS. With special guest speaker, Jack Cashill, Producer. Call 660-853-9806 for more information.

For more information about the documentary, including some video, visit: http://thineeyes.org/

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