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Janet's Weekly Commentary

Marching to a Different Drumbeat

Washington, D.C. is often the setting for demonstrations and marches down Constitution avenue. From gay rights to women’s rights, the city has a long history of people literally taking their message to the streets. But one march stands out among the rest.

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. The march started in 1973, shortly after the infamous Roe. V. Wade decision. Nellie Gray, who founded the event, (died in 2012) thought the march would happen only one time. This year is the 46th anniversary of that horrific decision—a decision resulting in over 50 million deaths. It is the 47th March for Life.

Whether in good weather or in freezing January snow storms, marchers come by the bus load 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. Frequently, the President addresses the marchers by phone from the White House.

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

Tens of thousands of people, of all ages and from all backgrounds march together for one common cause. It is a truly inspiring event. But, as usual, there is hardly a peep from the secular press.

Media blackouts of the event on the national news are as reoccurring as the march itself. Most of the network either spike the story completely or they relegate 30 seconds to the event, calling the marchers “anti-choice” activists.

The media bias against those who march for life is palpable. One example was a march for more gun control that took place near the time of the March for Life. ABC and CBS reported on “close to a thousand people” who marched in D.C. for restrictions to the Second Amendment. But when nearly half a million people gathered to let their voices be heard in support of the sanctity of life, the same networks went silent.

The secular media has an agenda: they are largely anti-life and pro-abortion (Pro-“reproductive rights”) They no longer report the news, they advocate for a particular position. By not reporting on the March for Life, the networks think they can shape public opinion to come into alignment with theirs. As a result, alternative media is now more important than ever with Christian media at the top of the list.

Each year, the March for Life serves as a somber reminder of all the lives that have perished on the altar of “choice.” And, each year, thanks to the participation of thousand of marchers in a cold and frigid Washington, D.C., we are reminded to ‘fight the good fight’ for each and every irreplaceable human life.

The secular press can elect to not cover the march, if they so choose. But we, in the alternative press, will always recognize those who march to a different beat—those precious little heartbeats.

That’s my opinion. I’m Janet Parshall.

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Janet Parshall

Janet Parshall has been broadcasting from the nation's capital for over two decades. Her passion is to "equip the saints" through intelligent conversation based on biblical truth. When she is not behind her microphone, Janet is speaking across the country on issues impacting Christians. She has authored several books, including her latest, Buyer Beware: Finding Truth in the Marketplace of Ideas. Parshall and her husband, Craig, live in Virginia, and have four children and six grandchildren.

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