Over 400,000 March For Life In Washington DC (Pics and Videos) UPDATE: Amended Total – Nearly 500,000

The Fox News headline: Anti-Abortion (as opposed to pro-life) Protesters March On Roe v Wade Anniversary, which means in the interest of being “fair and balanced”, they will call counter protesters, pro-abortion instead of  “pro-choice” protesters, right?

Neither cold temperatures nor pouring rain seemed to dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands who gathered for the annual March for Life in Washington on Monday. The march serves as an annual pro-life response to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.

A number of lawmakers spoke at the rally launching the march, which began on the National Mall and proceeded several blocks to the steps of the Supreme Court. House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, vowed to continue standing with pro-life advocates.

“We are heeding the voice of the people who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortion,” he said.

Though Boehner made clear he doesn’t believe being anti-abortion is a political position, many of the marchers said they view abortion as a key election year issue. The Rev. Frank Pavone, who heads Priests for Life, says 2012 is critical.

“You’re going to hear a lot of talk about getting ready for the elections and increasing the pro-life numbers that we have in the House and Senate and, of course, the White House,” he said.

House Speaker John A. Boehner addresses the crowd at the March for Life rally in Washington. (Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images / January 23, 2012)

Via Charlie Spiering of The Washington Examiner:

Boehner highlighted a bi-partisan House bill passed to codify the Hyde Amendment across the entire government, banning taxpayer funds from supporting abortion.

“I’ve never considered being pro-life a label or a political position, its just who I am.” said Boehner, “Its not just that I am pro-life its that we as a people are pro-life.” he said.

As always, he got just a little choked up talking about his eleven brothers and sisters, but he plowed on.

Yes, he can be maddeningly ineffective at times, but I love this man:

The President made a statement commemorating Roe v Wade, today, too:

Sick… Obama Says Abortion “Enables Our Daughters” to “Fulfill Their Dreams”:

Barack Obama released a statemtent this past weekend on the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision. Obama said abortion “enabled our daughters” to “fulfill their dreams.”
Sick.

Pro-Lifers’ Taunt Obama: “Hey Obama, Yo Mama was Pro-Life!”, via Accuracy in Media:

“[Abortion is] a fundamental constitutional right…and as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.” the President said in a statement released on the 39th Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Pro-Life marchers today reacted to these statements with broad condemnation of the President and his policies. The March for Life is an Annual Gathering in Washington DC in support of Pro-Life issues.

Catholic News Service reported on the strong youth presence at this year’s march:

Organizers said they believe the event attracted more participants than last year’s estimated 400,000.

The march was held one day after the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

The Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields tweeted: This is by far the biggest protest I’ve ever been to in my life #MarchForLife

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Matt Menendez, age 20, is the president of Harvard right to life. He explained that although the United States is largely pro-life, there are only a small minority of students at Harvard “who are willing to speak up” in defense of life.

“We’re always fighting an uphill battle,” he said. While the work is “very difficult,” it is also “very, very rewarding.”

He said that the group regularly receives calls and emails “from people who say they’re afraid to be prolife.”

Menendez described the group’s work as “fighting an intellectual battle” in the hopes of “opening discourse” on a topic that is considered somewhat “taboo” and is “often ignored” at Harvard.

“It’s really energizing to be part of that movement,” he said.

Luciana Milano, another member of Harvard’s right to life group, attended the march for the first time this year.  She explained that attending Harvard strengthened her pro-life views because she was forced to defend her beliefs to those who disagreed with her.

She said that although the experience “has been difficult,” it has made her “a stronger believer” in the dignity of all human life.”

Describing the march as “awesome,” Milano said that she was impressed and overwhelmed by the large number of people attending the event.

“The second that I saw large amounts of people, I almost cried,” she said.

Video of  The Youth Rally and Mass for Life via The Washington Times:

Here’s pro life legend,  Father Frank Pavone, being interviewed at the March for Life:

Update:

Via Just a Conservative Girl, Congressman Allen West’s speech was short but sweet:

UPDATE II:

The Anchoress: Pro-Lifers and the Truth-Phobic Press:

Watching yesterday on EWTN, I heard estimates of nearly half-million people marching peacefully and cheerfully, in the freezing rain, in support of life, which is — at its core, as Tim Muldoon writes — a march in support of love:

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Unfortunately, the “big picture” is hard to come by, particularly if you’re looking for “big pictures” of this well-attended march. We have reached a remarkable era of photojournalism, as demonstrated by the once-noble Washington Post — one where a half million people can march, the headlines can call it “thousands” and the pictures show you none of it.

Someone asked me on Twitter, “why don’t they just report the truth” and I thought, “because they have given themselves wholly over to a lie, and they fear the truth. Having built up the lie for so long that it’s become their foundation, they know they cannot withstand an assault by the truth.”

So they have become truth-phobics, our mainstream media. They can’t tell you the truth about anything, anymore — they can only do whatever it takes to sustain the narratives they’ve constructed.

That’s why you hear no reports about Fast and Furious, or a member of the DOJ pleading the Fifth about that. It’s why you don’t hear about Solyndra and the “green jobs” myth it’s why you hear no caterwauling from the press about the fact that we are 1000 days into this administration without a budget.

You want the truth? You think you deserve it? The press can’t handle the truth; they can’t bring it to you.

Keep reading….

For MORE pictures and reportage, see St. Blogustine:

Including “vulgar, obscene, loud-mouthed, pro-abortion occupiers”:

 

 

Linked by Adrienne, and Mommy Life, thanks!

Kansas Dem Argues New Voter ID Law Will Deny More “Legitimate” Votes Than Catch Fraudulent Votes

ANDY MARSO/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifies on new voter ID laws Monday in the House Elections Committee.

What is it about voter integrity laws that get Democrats so nervous?  Why do they think their constituents will be disproportionately affected by the simple requirements of proof of citizenship and picture IDs?

Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, appeared before the KS House Elections Committee, Monday, in the first leg of a three-day tour to update lawmakers and the public on the photo ID voting laws he spearheaded. A Democrat legislator from Topeka, Ann Mah, was harshly critical of of the new regulations in the the S.A.F.E. Act, which was passed in the Kansas Senate, last March with a large bi-partisan majority (36-3).

CJ Online reported on the the Clash between Kobach and Mah.

On Monday, she asked Kobach if there would be any provisions for determining the number of voters rejected for not having a valid photo ID.

Mah said she expects the 41 instances of possible fraud Kobach said he uncovered in the 2010 election will “pale in comparison” to the number of legal voters turned away with a provisional ballot.

“It’s gonna be way out of whack,” Mah said. “That’s my guess. I’d be willing to put a $5 bill down on it, but in November we’ll be able to see the data if we capture the data and do the analysis on it.”

Kobach said there’s nothing in the regulations that requires that, but his office is collecting the data anyway.

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The new law that Kobach wants moved up is the one that requires people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship. It is scheduled to take effect in January 2013, and Kobach wants to make it effective June 15.

Kobach said the first test of the photo ID law, a local election in Cimarron, was wildly successful. He said voter turnout was nearly 40 percent and of the almost 500 people who showed up to vote, only one did not have a photo ID. Kobach said that woman intentionally did not bring her ID to “make a statement” about her opposition to the requirement.

Rep. Melody McCray-Miller, D-Wichita, asked Kobach if Cimarron was a valid “test run” given that historically the groups most disenfranchised by voting laws are racial and ethnic minorities.

“Cimarron does not look like Wichita and it certainly doesn’t look like Kansas City, Kansas, and I know it doesn’t look like Hutchinson,” McCray-Miller said.

According to the 2010 census, 84 percent of Gray County residents are white and non-Hispanic, versus 78 percent throughout the state. The largest disparity between the county and the state comes in its African-American population, which is 0.4 percent compared to 5.9 percent throughout the state.

The argument coming from Democrats really seems to be that minorities are not as capable as whites at getting picture I.D.s. If I were a minority, I think I’d be insulted. While Democrats worry about hypothetical disenfranchisement,  real cases of voter fraud in the state go unprosecuted.

Mah said she wanted to talk more in the future about the 41 allegedly fraudulent votes in 2010, which she said included double-voting by “snowbirds” and felons who may have regained their voting rights.

Kobach said he referred all 41 cases to prosecutors, but none have been acted on yet.

“For whatever reason it often gets put to the bottom of the stack,” he said. “I hope that all 41 are (prosecuted), but at this point it has not happened.”

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KS Secretary of State Kris Kobach Pushing State Legislature to Move Up Date of New Voter Registration Requirements To Before 2012 Elections

On April 18, 2011, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act into law. It was sponsored by the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach.

Starting January 1, 2012, Kansas voters must show photographic identification when casting a vote in person; and Kansas voters must have their signature verified and provide a full Kansas driver’s license or non-driver ID number when voting by mail.

Starting January 1, 2013, newly-registered Kansas voters must prove U.S. citizenship when registering to vote.

Kris Kobach doesn’t like the fact that Democrats changed the registration date to after the 2012 election, and wants an amendment added to the bill to change the registration requirement to June 15, in order to protect voter integrity in time for the 2012 election.

CJOnline reported:

With criticism mounting from Democrats and voters’ rights organizations, Secretary of State Kris Kobach isn’t backing down in his push to move up the date of new voter registration requirements.

Last year the Legislature passed a law requiring proof of citizenship to register effective Jan. 1, 2013. But with a presidential election coming up, that isn’t soon enough for Kobach, a national defender of illegal immigration crackdowns.

“If the legislators are serious about wanting to keep aliens off our voter rolls, then we must have these protections in place before the wave of registrations begins this fall,” Kobach said. “If legislators want to allow aliens on our voter rolls, then absolutely they should leave it until 2013.”

Kobach has pushed for a June 15, 2012, start date in the House. He will appear before a Senate committee Thursday to discuss preparations for the changes. House Elections Committee Chairman Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, told The Associated Press the Division of Vehicles may not have its computer system ready to implement the change by then.

Even if it is ready, Democrats in the Legislature and the League of Women Voters are against accelerating the process, saying it wouldn’t leave time to educate voters and that Kobach is rushing to solve a problem that, by and large, doesn’t exist.

Marge Ahrens, president of the League of Women Voters’ Shawnee County branch, said that “fewer than five” Kansans have been prosecuted for voter fraud to date — none of them illegal immigrants.

“We still have almost no evidence, even across the country, of voter fraud,” Ahrens said. “The amount of voter fraud is negligible. So, to make it more complex for people trying to register to vote, or who have changed their names, to catch fraud seems inappropriate because there isn’t enough evidence of wrongdoing.”

Democrats (who probably know better) like to tell people that voter fraud doesn’t exist, or it’s very rare, or it’s “a myth”. While it’s extremely difficult to prove who the perpetrators are, there is a mountain of evidence that it is occurring.  Prosecutions and convictions are rare because our voting system makes it nearly impossible to determine who the culprits are. Minnesota Majority has compiled evidence  that shows thousands of instances that indicate errors or abuse. If you want to know how on earth a guy like Al Franken gets elected, there’s your answer.

Dr. Chapman Rackaway interviewed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach about the new voting requirements and his thoughts on voter fraud for his show, Talking Democracy.

UPDATE:

Kobach is scheduled to update the House Elections Committee on the law  Monday morning, and he’s  set to appear Wednesday morning before the Senate Ethics and Elections  Committee.

 

 

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