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March for Life Rally January 24th, 2011
The annual March for Life rally and demonstration in Washington, D.C. is underway, with thousands of pro-life activists filling the National Mall and the streets to the Supreme Court. Many have included visits to their House and Senate representatives in their plans. Saturday marked the 38th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion.
House Republican leaders are eager to move on a vote to put more restrictions on federal abortion funding.
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and other key members of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus last week introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would prohibit federal agencies and programs from spending tax money to fund abortions. The USCCB strongly supports this measure. Read the letter to Congress signed by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Archbishop of Galveston/Houston, Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
At present, Smith’s measure has 161 co-sponsors and the public backing of the top GOP leadership. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has has directed that the legislation be designed as H.R. 3 and called it “one of our highest legislative priorities.” The Senate is not expected to take up the measure, however.
Inauguration and March for Life Expected to Fill Washington January 16th, 2009
Washington will host millions starting this weekend, with the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, January 20th. This will be followed by the 2009 March for Life on Thursday, January 22. An inter-faith National Prayer Service is scheduled for Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington. The event is invitation-only.
The inauguration is expected to draw a record-setting crowd of between 1.5 and 3 million people. The theme of the inauguration is “A New Birth of Freedom,” commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. President Obama will be sworn in using the Lincoln Bible.
The March for Life is an annual protest of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion which was handed down on January 22, 1974. A large group connected with the Oblates is coming to Washington for the March and will be staying at the Oblate national headquarters during their stay. The March begins at noon on the National Mall at 4th Street and processes to the Supreme Court to the north of the Capital building. More information on the event is available at the website of the March for Life Organization and Defense Fund.
If you are coming to Washington, be prepared for frigid weather. Need information on what is happening during the inaugural weekend and when? Check the Washington Post’s Inauguration Central.
The US Capitol Visitor Center has now opened – following six years of major construction. The sweeping entrance to the underground facility is on the east side of the Capitol building and hosts exhibition rooms as well as a restaurant and gift shops.