Marching for Life

The Capitol Dome was buried under several inches of newly fallen snow, but the weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands who came to Washington to celebrate life. But, if you listened to the secular media, you are hard pressed to hear anything about this annual gathering.

Each year, tens of thousands gather in the nation's Capital to let their voices be heard in support of life – from conception to natural death. Founded by Nellie Gray, shortly after the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the march was a call for pro-lifers to come to Washington to support life. Dear Nellie, who died in 2012, thought the march would only happen one time. This year was the 41st anniversary of that horrific decision – and 41 years of marches.

Whether in good weather or in freezing January snowstorms, marchers come by the busload from all over the country. There are student groups, young families and grandparents who gather across from the White House to hear speeches from members of Congress who encourage the marchers to stay the course. On many an occasion, the President of the United States addresses the marchers by phone from the White House. That didn't happen this year.

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After the speeches, those in attendance start a peaceful march down Constitution Avenue, ending at the steps of the US Supreme Court, where marchers pray and hear post-abortive women speak – declaring they'll be "Silent No More" about their abortions.

This year, despite a record snowfall, thousands came to Washington from all across the country. Tens of thousands of people, of all ages and from all backgrounds, marched on Washington and hardly a peep from the secular press.

Consider what happened last year. Unfortunately, this type of media blackout is as much an annual occurrence as the march itself. According to NewsBusters, both ABC World News and CBS Evening News spiked the march. But both of these networks reported on an anti-gun rally that had "almost" a thousand people. NBC Nightly News did make a 15 second mention.

The day of the march, on ABC, Diane Sawyer failed to mention the march – with its half a million attendees – but did report on the controversy swirling around Subway's foot-long subs which are apparently no longer a full 12 inches in length.

The day after the march, both ABC and CBS Evening News reported on the "close to a thousand people" that marched in D.C. for more gun control legislation.

Again, they said nothing about the march, where almost half a million people last year marched down Constitution Avenue, which begs the question – why? The secular media has an agenda: they are anti-life and pro-gun control.

Accordingly, they report in such a way as to shape public opinion. No longer just facts, it's now advocacy journalism. Network news is supposed to report on JUST the facts – and not opinion. Given the mission drift of the networks, it's no surprise that alternative media continues to grow in importance – and Christian media is at the top of that list!

Janet Parshall is the host of IN THE MARKET, a nationally syndicated radio program carried on the Moody Broadcasting Network.

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