March for Life Attendees Urge Homestate Initiatives

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WASHINGTON - More than 50 million babies have been aborted in America since the Supreme Court legalized abortion with its Roe v. Wade ruling.

That's more people killed by abortion everyday than those who died in the 9/11 attacks.

To stand against that reality, thousands gathered Friday --the anniversary of Roe v. Wade-- for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Many who attended the march had a new emphasis-- pushing personhood initiatives in their own states. The initiatives would be to make new laws across the country protecting everyone from the womb to the tomb.

"It's pretty much establishing the right to exist, saying that every single human being deserves the full protection of our laws from their very biological being all the way to natural death," explained Shaun Kenney of the American Life League.

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America appeared on CBN News' Morning program to discuss the Roe v. Wade anniversary and the pro-life movement. Click here to watch the interview.

Pro-Life Activist: 'We're Not Alone'

Rain or shine, the march has been held for 37 years. Abortion is still legal, but those who come every year still find reasons to march.

"We are not alone. We know that we're not just a minority. We know that we're a majority in this country," said Shaun Kenney of the American Life League. "And we will not be silent as politicians and lobbyists and the abortion industry continues to kill my generation in particular."

Polls indicate public opinion on abortion has shifted since the 1970s. An August Gallup poll shows the nation evenly split on the issue with 47 percent identifying as pro-life and 46 percent as pro-choice.

Hi-Tech Ultrasounds Changing Minds

Technology is changing some minds.  Three dimensional ultrasounds are showing moms how quickly their babies develop in the womb and now 4D videos are letting mothers see details like eyes and lips in real time.

Some are even using the videos to strengthen their arguments against late-term abortions.

Lawmakers Throw Support Behind Pregnancy Centers

Representatives from pregnancy support centers in the Heartbeat International network were in Washington, D.C., Thursday canvassing Capitol Hill and asking lawmakers to support the centers in all their states.

The centers cover the cost for a woman to have her baby instead of aborting and the cost to put the baby up for adoption if the mother chooses.

"My two children are adopted and we thank God everyday for their mothers who chose life and then made that unselfish choice of adoption so that we could have a family," Heartbeat International president Peggy Hartshorn said.

Ten years ago, Manzaller Lohrey kept her baby Keyanu after visiting a pregnancy support center in Minnesota. She's frightened what life would have been like without him.

"Ever year for 10 years there would be family gatherings, Thanksgiving and Easter and Christmas -- where he's not there and I'm glad I kept him," Lohrey said.

Keyanu's message to women considering abortion:

"They should keep their babies instead of killing them," he said.

*Originally published January 22, 2010.

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