Bedford County Citizens Concerned for Human Life participated in the 49th March for Life at Washington on Jan. 22
The group made arrangements with Bollman buses for the transportation of 52 individuals from Bedford and surrounding counties to the annual rally
The participants joined thousands of pro-life protesters who came from across the country to the nation’s capital to protest against abortion. The event has been held annually since 1974 to seek the overturn the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
Since 1973, 61 million abortions have been performed in the U.S. This year’s theme was “Equality Begins in the Womb”.
The group also hosted its second annual Bedford County March for Life on Jan. 22 at the Bedford County Courthouse.
The Bedford march was an opportunity for those who wished to show their support for the unborn but were unable to make the Washington event. The march began at the parking lot of the Real Life Church in Bedford after Pastor Brian Swain offered a prayer. They proceeded to the courthouse, where a short program was presented by speaker Pat Basom of the Susan B. Anthony List Foundation, a group that assists in electing pro-life officials. The program ended in a prayer by Pastor Tim Kirschner.
The crowd at this years DC rally was an enthusiastic and optimistic one since the Supreme Court has indicated that it will allow states to impose tighter restrictions on abortions. With the potential overturn of the Roe v. Wade ruling due this June pro-life advocates are especially energized. As they await a decision, a light is seen at the end of the tunnel, with hope that this year’s march might be the last. Advocates are cautioned that the nullification of Roe does not signal that the fight is over, but will be renewed at a state level and pro-life advocates need to focus on electing pro-life state representatives who will support their efforts.
Bedford County Citizens Concerned for Human Life is a chapter of the Pa Prolife Federation, is a non-profit, non-denominational organization whose focus is on public education on all aspects of the abortion issue and supports saving babies and supporting legislation to ban abortion. They also assist agencies such as the Hope Pregnancy Center in Philadelphia and a local group, “Precious Life”. These organizations help out moms who find they are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Citizens Concerned For Human Life sponsor annual events to promote awareness and to raise funds including an annual banquet, participation in the Life Chain, the PA March For Life, the Bedford County March For Life and the Washington DC March For Life, and hold a display at the county fairgrounds during the Holiday of Lights Display at Christmas.
Fundraising helps to provide funds for literature and educational materials that promote awareness of abortion and its implications. BCCFHL supports legislation to repeal the 1973 Roe V. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide
Information on the current situation of abortion in the US and how you can become involved in the fight to end abortion is available at several websites including The National Right to Life website at (nrl.org), Pennsylvania Prolife (paprolife.org) and LifeNews.com.
Bedford County Citizens Concerned for Human Life meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at ByGone Treasures along Route 30 between Everett and Breezewood. The website is: BedfordCountyProLife.org.