Our CBR UK and Abort67 team recently attended the March for Life in Birmingham. Several hundred Pro-Lifers from all over the country and beyond came together to make a public stand for the right to life of every unborn human being, and despite occasional, heavy rain showers and a group of pro-abortion protesters who attempted to distract by chanting, shouting and throwing blood-red smoke bombs, the resolve of all attendees was undeterred.
Everyone felt greatly inspired and challenged by the speeches of the speakers from the different Pro-Life branches, among which was also our very own Aisling Goodison (nee Hubert). There was a lot of friendly interaction at the stands of the different organisations represented.
The march itself began slowly and was at times stopped by the pro-abortion protesters but eventually went ahead successfully and happily. It was a great joy to connect with many new people and touch base with old friends.
Now that a few days have passed, what are our thoughts? While it is wonderful to come together at such a special event with other like-minded people who share the desire to see the injustice of abortion abolished from our society, it is clear that one event cannot bring this about. The struggle to uphold the rights of the unborn child has to be our very own daily "march for life"! It must be a walk of determination and resolve, which requires focus and the use of a very practical strategy and effective tools to achieve this goal.
We all love celebration and know it is so important to make room for hope and joy in our lives. After all, it is a great privilege to stand for the rights of other defenceless human beings. But in our hope and joy, we need to be pro-active with a willingness to pay the price that is needed.