Abortion activists show up every year at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. to counter the hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers who march for unborn babies’ right to life.
This year, the pro-life message appears to have touched at least one of those protesters.
A Michigan woman called in to Teresa Tomeo’s Catholic Connection radio show recently to share the change that her family witnessed in a young pro-abortion protester during the march last week.
The caller, Maryanne, told Tomeo and her guest Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, that her husband and daughter saw a young woman and two young men carrying pro-abortion signs ahead of the march.
As the three pro-abortion protesters walked up the streets in downtown D.C., she said they noticed the Created Equal display. The pro-life group’s display showed photos and video images of aborted babies to expose the brutality and violence of abortion.
“The woman stopped dead in her tracks, she started to cry. She put down her sign, and she picked up a pro-life sign,” Maryanne told Tomeo and Mancini.
Maryanne said her family watched as the two men left the woman alone and crying. She said pro-lifers approached the young woman and showed her love and support.
“So, don’t ever think that this march doesn’t change hearts,” she said.
Pro-lifers’ compassion and desire to help protect moms and babies from abortion are changing hearts and lives. And this compassion is evident at peaceful and often prayerful demonstrations like the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Last year, an abortion-minded woman said she also had a change of heart after noticing a pro-life march in the United Kingdom. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children wrote for LifeNews:
12 months ago, Sophie had booked an appointment with BPAS to have an abortion.
But that was before she happened to stumble across the March for Life UK, as pro-lifers paraded right through the centre of Birmingham, singing songs and waving pro-life placards.
Sophie got talking to a young woman, Bernadette, who had travelled down from Doncaster to be a part of the march. She says something about the march – seeing so many pro-lifers together in one place and the message of joy they were proclaiming – really moved her.
Sophie said she went home right after the march and canceled her abortion appointment.
In 2016, she spoke at the March for Life UK and thanked the pro-lifers for encouraging her to choose life for her son, Riley.
“I saw the banner. It’s not a choice: it’s a life, it’s a baby,” Sophie told the crowd. “I walked towards the march and I bumped into a woman there. It was Bernadette, who’s holding my son over there, and she explained to me what the March for Life was.
“Riley is here because of all of you. Thank you so much!”