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On the solemn occasion of the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade, 44 pro-life warriors got on a bus at 8:00am Thursday, January 18th in Arnold, Missouri to make the pilgrimage to Washington DC for the March for Life.
The agenda was the same as every other year—drive through the day and night, arriving in DC at 7:00am. Get off the bus for 12 hours and do March activities. Get back on the bus at 7:00pm and go home.
The devil had other ideas. He doesn’t like us or the March.
We were having a great time on the ride up, sharing stories, getting to know new people and generally having fun. Then the bus broke down. We were in Spiceland, Indiana. No big deal, a mechanic came out and after an hour and a half got it fixed and we were on our way. This meant we might miss Mass the next morning, but maybe we could make up the time.
After a fitful night of “sleeping” the bus broke down again. It was 4:00am and we were in Hagerstown Maryland. This time the mechanics could not fix the bus. It took them until noon—yes 8 hours—to determine we needed a new bus. A new bus came and we were on our way. We already missed Mass and now we were going to miss the “Big Meeting” with our Congressmen and Senator. RATS!
With only 30 miles left to DC, our new bus started spewing white smoke and broke down. I’m not kidding. We pulled over to the left lane on Highway 270 with the rear of the bus jutting out into traffic. We moved all the kids who were in the rear of the bus to the front of the bus in case we got slammed into by a semi. The police came and got us over to the right shoulder. It was a little scary. After about an hour another new bus came and picked us up. Now we were going to be late for the March.
The new, new bus dropped us off by the Smithsonian and we ran down to join the March—with no way to find our Missouri Right to Life people in the 500 thousand people mass of humanity. When we caught up with the March we walked right up and the Missouri Right to Life banner was right in front of us. Take that devil!
The March was great and we got back on the bus at 7:00pm. The bus took us an hour in the wrong direction to the bus garage to get back on our original bus which was fixed while we marched. It wasn’t fixed. We waited 2 hours in the drivers lounge and finally were on the road at 10:00pm. We were going to be late getting home.
After a fitful night of “sleeping” we stopped for breakfast at 7:30am, 30 miles from Indianapolis. When we came out to leave, the bus broke down—I can’t make this up. We were there until noon before they could find another bus.
They finally found a bus—number 5—and we got on Highway 70 for the last 4 hours to St. Louis. After 4 minutes the bus broke down. Really? Really?
The driver said she lost all power and could barley get the bus over to the right shoulder at an exit. We were in that little triangle between the highway and the exit ramp. Trucks zooming by on either side made the bus rock like crazy. It was dangerous. We called the police to help us. They never came.
After another hour and a half, a new, new, new bus came and we cautiously got all of our gear out of the stalled bus on to the new, new, new bus and went home.
Incredibly, those 44 pro-life warriors NEVER complained. Every time a bus broke down, we prayed a rosary. They remained positive, upbeat and even joyful. What a blessing to be around people like that.
We’re all flying next year.
–Steve Rupp, President, Missouri Right to Life
Reminder: The Midwest March for Life is tomorrow, January 31. The March will begin at 10:00 am at the Governor’s mansion, followed by a rally and a luncheon (reservation required) where MRL president, Steve Rupp, will be a guest speaker.
Prior to the march there will be educational booths and prayer in the state capitol rotunda. Please come and show your pro-life support and Wear Red For Life!
Pro-life citizens from around the state have scheduled activities to commemorate the sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade and remember the over 57 MILLION unborn children who have been killed as a result of that ruling.
In addition to the thousands of Missourians who have traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life, several Missouri Right to Life chapters will also have events in their communities:
January 22, Sedalia — Annual Memorial Observance, 12 noon, Pettis County Courthouse.
January 22, Kansas City — Prayer Vigil for Life – 12:00 noon, Illus Davis Plaza (across from Federal Court House). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
January 22, Independence — Candlelight Vigil 7-8 pm Noland Rd & 24 Highway, Independence. Sponsored by Independence Chapter MRL. For details: call 816-836-0830.
January 22, Warrensburg — Candlelight Children’s Ceremony, 7 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church, 416 NW Hwy 13 about three miles north of Warrensburg. Keynote speaker, Patti White, RN, founder and leader of New Beginnings Women’s Center in Warrensburg. For further information, please call 660-747-5772.
January 22, St. Louis — Young adult pro-life holy hour and rosary, 7 pm at the Cathedral Basilica.
January 25, Lamar, Barton County — Barton County Right to Life January 22nd Memorial Service. Memorial Hall, Lamar MO, 2:00 pm. Keynote Speaker will be Randy Gariss, pastor of College Heights Christian Church in Joplin MO.
January 31, Statewide — Midwest March for Life and Rally, Jefferson City, Prayers and Exhibitors, Capitol, 8:00 am to 10:00 am, March, Governor’s Mansion 10:00 to 10:40 am, Rally 10:45 Capitol Rotunda, Luncheon immediately following at Selinger Center, reservations for luncheon are required, call (573) 340-8444.
The luncheon will be held in the Selinger Center at St Peter’s church (across Broadway from the capitol) and will begin immediately following the rally, which starts at 10:45 am. Reservations are required for the luncheon and can be made at (573) 340-8444.
The March will begin at 10:00 am at the Governor’s mansion, corner of Capitol and Madison. Prior to the march there will be educational booths and prayer in the State Capitol rotunda. Please come and show your pro-life support and Wear Red For Life!
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.
President, Missouri Right to Life
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
Wednesday, 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.