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Abortion Is More than Just a Choice

Much has been said about the success of the pro-abortion rally in Washington, D. C. this past weekend. I was there with a group of pro-lifers from Wellesley, Harvard, and MIT. Our counter-demonstration took place on the west side of the Capitol, barely a few hundred yards from the rally stage. Our purpose was not in the numbers, but in the truth of our message: abortion kills innocent human beings.

Ironically, it was the pro-abortion crowd who served as the best witnesses to the truth that pro-life proclaims. I took the freedom to quietly walk in the midst of that crowd at the peak of the rally. I was profoundly shaken. Out of that whole crowd, estimated at half a million people, I found only 5 babies.

While not claiming that my search was exhaustive, the striking absence of babies was undeniable. What a difference from the crowd filling those same grounds for the Respect Life Rally in April of 1990, a huge family picnic. Even in the small pro-life counter-demonstration on Sunday of just several hundred, one could find more toddlers than ten times what I found in the entire pro-abortion crowd.

I knew the figures before. 1.5 abortions every year. Over 25 million since 1973. But that afternoon I understood as never before that abortion is not a choice. It is a child.

Juan A. Latasa '91