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Civil rights of the unborn

Civil rights of the unborn

It now has been a month since I traveled to Washington for the annual March for Life, which now has taken place every year since the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision Jan. 22, 1973. I was honored to march on behalf of the 55 million plus infants who have lost their lives since our Supreme Court issued a death sentence to unborn babies. This is the main civil rights issue of our times -- the right to life.

It was bitter cold the day of the march -- 17 degrees with a wind chill of 0. Yet, it was a wonderful, joyful celebration of life as we listened to passionate speeches on behalf of the unborn, then marched from the Mall up the hill to the Supreme Court building. I marveled at the enormity of the crowd when I looked behind me -- truly amazing -- thousands of people in support of life.

However, what affected me the most from my entire trip didn't happen until the next day. I listened to an enlightening homily by a military chaplain at the Basilica of the National Shrine. His words were powerful. He first pointed out the most dangerous place to live in this country is the mother's womb. How tragic. Then he went on to explain the role of a Good Shepherd. A shepherd serves two purposes. One is to feed his sheep. The second purpose also is important -- to guard the sheep. Even little children understand this. Ask them if there is a pack of wolves and a herd of sheep, where does the shepherd need to be? Exactly -- between the sheep and the wolves.

This, then, is one of the reasons why we march, to guard the future of America, our children. Our nation is living a lie under the cover of a Supreme Court decision. The millions of people who have marched through the years have given testimony to this fact.

This nation needs more Good Shepherds to help save innocent lives. We all can demand our politicians be pro-life by only voting for those who are. We can join the marches in our communities. We can work with pro-life groups to help mothers-to-be. We can encourage adoption. We can pray.

Please remember, those who are anti-life (pro-abortion) are wolves in sheep's clothing. They fail to protect the innocent lives of the unborn while pretending to protect a woman's right to choose, which results in one dead and one wounded. Pray for them, but flee from them.

God will only save our nation if we as individuals do all we can to change hearts. It was a 28-hour bus ride to D.C. The march was bitter cold. I am so thankful I took the time to join thousands of others who have warm hearts of gold. I am so grateful to God for my wonderful parents. They gave me life.

Lawrence J. Reichert,

Hays