From "Life on the Mall," an essay by Kathryn Lopez for National Review Online:
Of course they care about babies. Some of them have had a lot of them, and brought some of them along; others look on with joy at the families. But it is because they know these babies are human—which shouldn’t be in dispute, though it seemed to be back when Obama was in the statehouse arguing that a newborn shouldn’t have the same rights as an older baby—that they care about this issue.
And that message—that this is a human-rights issue and men, women, and children deserve better than a culture that values the legal “choice” of abortion over all other values, including compassion and common decency—was emanating from the March for Life this year, and so many of the events surrounding it. “Healing” had a big presence there.
When I made my way over to the Supreme Court Thursday afternoon—hours after I expected to, there were just so many people; people, mercifully, it was a joy to be around—a middle-aged guy named Chuck was talking about his great regret: that he did not “protect” his girlfriend and their child. She needed reassurance when she got pregnant and he knew it. But instead, he gave her none and let her abort their child. He said that the momentary relief he felt as a young man that he had no baby to be responsible for doesn’t compare to the guilt he has felt for shirking his responsibility and letting that child be eliminated. But that child has not been eliminated from his memory—and, by telling people his story, Chuck may be able to make a difference in a lot of lives.