Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Advocates March for ‘Most Basic Right to Life’

by Bethany Monk, CitizenLink: Molly Ann Dutton’s birth mother was a young, married woman in California. She was also a victim of sexual assault. The young woman was faced with an ultimatum: Abort the child or suffer through divorce.

“But that’s when her journey took her down south to Birmingham,” Dutton told the many thousands who braved D.C.’s wintry weather today for the 41st annual March for Life event. “She walked in for counseling and walked out ready to give me up for adoption, and through that decision, here I am standing before you 22 years later.”

Dutton, an Auburn University student, was among today’s speakers on the National Mall in D.C. The rally began at noon, as a prelude to the march. Dutton shared her story as a real-life example of this year’s theme: Adoption.

t’s estimated that more than 50-million abortions have taken place since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The march began as a small demonstration and quickly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.

Last year, an estimated 500,000 participated. March for Life President Jeanne Monahan told The Christian Post she estimates that this year’s event drew hundreds of thousands.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor from Virginia was among today’s speakers.

“I believe that one day in the not-too-distant future, our movement will be victorious, because we will prevail in securing a culture of life in America,” the congressman said. “I believe this for one simple reason: The truth that there is an inalienable right to life and this this right extends to the unborn.”

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler from Missouri reminded the crowd that their advocacy matters.

“As Paul says, ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,’” Hartzler said. “Rest assured, I — and my pro-life colleagues here in Congress — will not give up. We will continue to do all we can here on Capitol Hill to ensure America’s born and yet-to-be born enjoy the most basic right to life.”

Dutton, who was named Auburn University’s 100th Miss Homecoming last year, has said the campaign gave her an amazing platform to share her story.

“My story is God-given, God-ordained and God-breathed,” she said. “What the enemy intended for harm, the Lord has used according to His will and purpose.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Watch “Light Up LIFE with Molly Anne Dutton.” and MORE

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