I have long felt at least a little ambivalent about the March for Life. Mostly I see it as a good way to raise up pro-life young people so that they are far less likely to be wounded as participants in abortion.
Today I ran down to the mall during my lunch break to see what I could see. I have a lot of thoughts, and hopefully a few posts. For now though, I just need to say that I was incredibly impressed this year. It felt distinctly different than my previous experiences.
As I rushed around, clearly not one of the marchers, I realized that some people might be inclined to assume that a local who was not joining in must be pro-choice.
Yet everyone was exquisitely polite. At times I had to push through very dense crowds in my attempt to get back to a busy day at work, but when I nearly collided with people, they were apologetic and smiling. Clearly they were midwesterners who don’t understand cities?
Sure, some of the smiles might look like grimaces in the cold weather, but people seemed kind and happy rather than politically abrasive. I normally despise DC crowds to the point that I begin to think that I must have some social disorder, but pushing through the crowd above was remarkably relaxed.
In short, my very vague, nonspecific, nonscientific impression this year was that if I were designing a crowd to march for life I would want it to have very much the same sort of energy that I saw today.
It makes me wonder how many pro-lifers who oppose the march, or are at least ambivalent about it, have actually been to it recently.
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