March for Life Expects 500,000

Up to 500,000 mostly young people are queued up to rally for unborn children on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, January 22, in what has become the largest ongoing civil rights march in American history.

The backdrop to the 42nd March for Life is the increasing despair and even desperation of abortion advocates best represented by an unsigned editorial in Tuesday’s New York Times, entitled “A Perilous Year for Abortion Rights.”

The editorial laments, “The start of 2015 finds no letup in the attacks on a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own childbearing decisions.”

The Times and other abortion advocates note the huge number of state restrictions on abortion providers that have resulted in the closure of dozens of abortion clinics.

Pro-life legislatures have passed laws requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at the local hospital, something that is fairly easy for most doctors but appears to be difficult for the more marginal abortion doctors. Legislatures have also required abortion clinics to bring their physical plants up to the level of surgical centers, something that many clinics have not been able to afford.