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January 31, 2014

All you need is love

Their rally signs were pink. That was the first indication of their bold tactics.

Typically, pink is the color reserved for Planned Parenthood. Then there is the ubiquitous pink of Komen, the breast-cancer advocacy group that seems to operate in the shadow of Planned Parenthood and the shrill politics of the sexual-empowerment agenda.

A group of women, about 10 of them, stood on the Washington Mall on a frigid, snowy day, with the Capitol in the background. They were waiting backstage, just before the March for Life opening rally was set to begin. It was 41 years to the day that the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion the law of the land. Just when I thought I might be losing all sense of feeling in my extremities due to the cold, I saw them. The blood was flowing. Life was present. They brought warmth to the snow-covered mall.

“I’m not a hard case, I’m a life,” a woman named Monica told me.

Earlier that day, at morning mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the other side of town, a homily prepared by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was read, the weather woes of the East Coast having kept him from the nation’s capital.

“It’s time to look back and look ahead,” Archbishop Chaput’s words advised. “The abortion struggle of the past four decades teaches a very useful lesson. Evil talks a lot about ‘tolerance’ when it’s weak. When evil is strong, real tolerance gets pushed out the door. And the reason is simple. Evil cannot bear the counter witness of truth. It will not coexist peacefully with goodness, because evil insists on being seen as right, and worshiped as being right. Therefore, the good must be made to seem hateful and wrong.”

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