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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sarah Palin: Marching for a Beautiful Life

The right to life is essential.. This is an important cause. I’d like to extend an invitation to everyone to join me and thousands more in the Virtual March for Life.

From Sarah:

Marching for a Beautiful Life

Tomorrow the 37th annual March for Life will occur in Washington, D.C. January is a tough month to schedule a march in Washington, but every year hundreds of thousands of everyday Americans from across our nation brave the cold weather on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision to bear a positive witness to the culture of life.

In the years following Roe, we were told that the issue was no longer open for debate and that we should get over it and move on. But we couldn’t get over the stirrings of our conscience or move on from an issue that cuts to the heart of who we are as a nation. Affirming the dignity and worth of every innocent human life and defending the defenseless are fundamental American values. With that in mind, this peaceful, hopeful grassroots crowd of individuals, families and students comes to our capital every year to remind us that every innocent life is beautiful, precious and full of potential.

These warrior souls come to show their dedication to the weakest among us: those with special needs, women without anyone to turn to, and children without a voice. They run the helpful pregnancy resource centers, the counseling hotlines, the foster care facilities, the adoption services, and countless other outreach programs that offer compassionate assistance and friendship to women who are struggling. I know from experience the joy and blessings that come from embracing life, and I know how important their work is in helping women choose life despite less than ideal circumstances.

The pro-life movement is pro-women, and it empowers women with the message that we are strong enough and smart enough to be able to pursue education, vocations and avocations while giving life to a child. This movement is largely run by women. In fact, many of the earliest leaders of the women’s rights movement were pro-life – women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, the author of the original Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, who said, "Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women."

Today, more and more young women agree with these feminist foremothers, for they know in their hearts that the culture of life empowers women by offering them real choices. Unfortunately, rather than portray this positive message, the media often focuses on divisions among Americans on this issue. But this annual rally is not about anger and controversy; it’s about a huge grassroots effort to make our voices heard in support of women and their children.

Though I can’t be in Washington tomorrow, my heart is with the marchers. Those of us who can’t be there can still join them online at the Virtual March for Life. Please follow the link and join the tens of thousands of your fellow Americans who are already marching online. Together we can bear witness to the beauty and blessings of the culture of life.

- Sarah Palin

To go along with Sarah’s note AUL Action the Americans United For Life’s blog released this message:

Governors Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry and Sen. John McCain Join the Virtual March for Life

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to attend tomorrow’s National March for Life, which takes place annually on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Americans United for Life Action, in an effort to bolster the real March for Life, launched the first-ever Virtual March for Life www.virtualmarchforlife.com earlier this week. This innovative online campaign allows people to create an avatar of themselves and "march" online. The Virtual March for Life currently boasts 45,000 Americans and is growing by the minute. As part of this effort, the Virtual March for Life is featuring prominent leaders who are lending their support to the cause.

"The healthcare bill as currently written will unravel long-standing federal policy by allowing public funds to be used for abortion. Because of the magnitude of this threat, this year’s national March for Life will be the most important in history. We created the Virtual March for Life to encourage people to be here tomorrow and to give voice to countless Americans who can’t be in Washington but wish they could. We are encouraging everyone to click and be heard," said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life Action.

This list now includes:

* Governor Sarah Palin

* Governor Mike Huckabee

* Gov. Rick Perry

* Sen. John McCain

* Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family

* Tony Perkins, Family Research Council

* Sen. Jim DeMint

* Rep. John Boehner

* Rep. Mike Pence

* Rep. Eric Cantor

* Rep. Tom Price

* Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate candidate in Florida

To learn more check out the site here.

The right to life is one of our most basic rights, in fact, it’s mentioned quite prominently in The Declaration of Independence, you know...as in Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. For more information about Americans United for Life and to join all of us in the Virtual March for Life please go to the website here.

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