Candidate Ron Paul Tells Roe Rally Defending Life Is Defending Liberty
By James P. Tucker Jr.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), an obstetrician who has delivered more than 4,000 babies, told a rally on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade that the abortion issue is a “moral crisis”
“All life begins at conception,” the presidential candidate said as tens of thousands of abortion foes filled the Mall in Washington and listened intently. “You cannot defend liberty without defending life.”
Paul’s supporters had a large turnout, carrying signs supporting him and opposing abortions. Young men and women were heavily represented among abortion foes.
Since the Roe ruling, “nearly 50 million of our peers have been aborted,” said Amanda McClone of National Teens for Life. “They are not just a terrible statistic. They were our brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews. They were our friends and even future spouses.”
She called for change that will:
• “Enable young women to boldly choose life for their children regardless of pressure from those who seek their own interests;
• “Empower communities to support women through unplanned pregnancies rather than contribute to the destruction of their children”; and
• “Restore to our nation the basic respect for human life that protects the most vulnerable members of our society.”
“It’s illegal to kill someone walking down the street, so it should be illegal to kill someone in the womb,” said Topher Boehm,
17, of Dallas. “This is the social justice issue of our era, and I want to do something about it.”
“I think abortion is wrong,” said Michelle Caulder, 17, of Indianapolis.
“People have reasons why they think it’s right, but it’s wrong all the time.” James Lomuscio, 18, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, said the huge turnout was a “testament to all of these people’s faith.”
“I literally can’t see where this crowd begins or ends,” he said.
Barbara Faid brought her daughter, Deanna, 14, from Glyndon, Md. “I came here about 20 years ago with my mom, and now I’m here with my daughter,” she said. “It’s about passing the torch of what our core values are.”
Paul Buede, of Keedysville, Md., was marching with his wife and four children, ranging in age from 1 to 10. Andrew, 4, carried a sign that showed a baby’s face and the slogan, “Face It: Abortion Kills.”
“I’m hoping they grow up with a strong appreciation for life and for the importance of civil disobedience in our society,” Buede said.
AFP correspondent James P. Tucker Jr. is a veteran journalist who spent many years as a member of the “elite” media in Washington. Since 1975 he has won widespread recognition, here and abroad, for his pursuit of on the scene stories reporting the intrigues of global power blocs such as the Bilderberg Group. Tucker is the author of Jim Tucker’s Bilderberg Diary: One Man’s 25-Year Battle to Shine the Light on the World Shadow Government. Bound in an attractive full-color softcover and containing 272 pages—loaded with photos, many never published before—the book recounts Tucker’s experiences over the last quarter century at Bilderberg meetings. $25 from AFP. No charge for S&H in U.S.
(Issue #5, February 4, 2008)