Come and March For Life

Author: Sarah Thatcher

Picture: Helen Harrop/Flickr

Come and March For Life

As the drive to decriminalise abortion continues, Sarah Thatcher offers an invitation to join the March For Life in London and defend the right to life.

On Saturday 5 May, March for Life UK will hold its fifth national march in London.

From humble beginnings, with a few hundred people, this pro-life festival has grown from strength to strength and outgrown its Birmingham home.

It now attracts thousands of people wanting to publicly witness to the hurt and damage abortion causes and to celebrate the sanctity of life.

Never before has it been more important to make a public stand for life.

Since the 1967 Abortion Act, almost 9 million lives have been lost through abortion in the UK alone. 

Parliament is considering the introduction of ‘buffer zones’ outside abortion facilities and there is a drive to ‘decriminalise’ abortion, effectively meaning abortion would be available on demand, for any reason, up to birth. 

As a nation, we cannot simply stand by and allow this to happen unchallenged.  As Christians, it is our duty to make our voices heard.

Equal Right To Life

Science tells us a new human life is formed at the moment of conception.

As Christians, we believe all human life has equal worth and value as it is made in the image and likeness of God. 

Every human person has an equal right to life that must be protected right from conception to natural death.

As Pope St John Paul II stated in Evangelium Vitae (2): “In a special way, believers in Christ must defend and promote this right.” 

As Christians, we believe God has entrusted us to one another. We must “love our (unborn) neighbour as ourselves.”  (Mark 12:31) 

Pro-Life and Pro-Active

We have a responsibility to defend the unborn as readily as we would our own lives and generously give of ourselves in working to defend all human life.

To be truly pro-life, we must be pro-active in speaking out for the unborn.  We can do this in many different ways:

  • Writing letters to MPs.
  • Joining pro-life vigils.
  • Educating ourselves on defending the right to life in conversation.
  • Attending large events which publicly witness to the sanctity of life, like March for Life.

We must pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in helping us discern how God wishes us to be more deeply involved in pro-life work and to give us wisdom and courage, so that we are ready to eloquently defend life.

Saving Lives

We must not underestimate the impact that events like March for Life have on the wider community.  Such events raise public awareness and act as a gateway for those wishing to become more actively pro-life.

They also help people connect with pro-life groups and are life-giving in themselves, strengthening those involved in pro-life work.  More importantly, they can truly save lives.

Three years ago, ‘Sophie’ was experiencing a crisis pregnancy. She was about to abort her unborn child when she saw the March for Life, listened to its core message and decided, there and then, to keep her baby.

The following year, she brought her baby to the march and thanked every person who had attended the previous march, saying: “Riley is here because of you.” 

The more people that attend March for Life, the greater impact we can have.

Make sure you are part of this exciting and inspiring event on 5 May and begin your journey into becoming more pro-actively pro-life.

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