One-third of this generation is missing. That’s one reason so many young people attended the annual #MarchForLife, as we read in the tweets from this year’s March (January 22) in Washington, DC. Although it’s been 42 years since the Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion in the US, the crowds are not aging. In fact, they’re growing, well, YOUNGER, according to Catholic News Service’s recent article which looks into the flurry of communications swirling throughout the day via social media. And the communications were not just to show off on Facebook or find their missing travel partners. We witnessed passion and commitment to the cause of eradicating the practice of abortion and building a culture of life #ThumbsUpForLife #WhyWeMarch. These photos and tweets and posts were more than mere communications. They were points of evangelization.
[The] ease of sharing photos and connecting is not the only plus side of cellphones and social media use for these marchers. For many, this technology is a way to further spread their message.
Just by standing with the crowds of tens of thousands, participants expressed their opposition to the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. But many of them took this stance a step further by telling the online world why they were there. Under the Twitter hashtag #Whywemarch they posted their reasons for coming in 140 characters or less or posted photos of themselves holding handwritten signs that explained their reasons.
This year’s March theme was “Every Life is a Gift.” Here’s a video of some of this year’s speeches and musical presentations provided by the official March For Life web site.