March for Life Irony: The ‘disarming’ and disassociating of America

After Sandy Hook, many want to disarm America.  But where is the outrage for 150 Sandy Hooks committed every day in the name of choice? Photo: The annual March for Life

WASHINGTON, DC, January 18, 2013 - The annual March for Life is normally held on January 22—the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—the day in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled that, for legal purposes, babies prior to birth were not people. Babies might be human, but they were not people. Their lives could be forfeited by their owner-mother.

The titanic irony this year is that the day of the March for Life event had to be moved to make way for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama—someone who could find a tear to shed for 20 children murdered in Sandy Hook, Connecticut by a deranged gunman, yet who could simultaneously provide $1 billion via Obamacare to fund the violent act of abortion against another two million children annually.

During oral arguments in Roe v. Wade, the court noted, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s [abortion] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.” And there it was: With the stroke of a pen, human life became legally disassociated from the rights of a person.

There was no talk of exceptions like rape, incest, or life of the mother. The court just ruled that a human being was not necessarily a person. Hence in the four decades since then, almost 55 million of these “non-persons” have been killed via surgical abortions.

Currently, America is embroiled in a national debate about gun violence. Political activists demand that certain guns should be banned. Just like Roe, once again, their demand is that the rights written into our Constitution meant to protect every citizen should not apply. To end the violence, the right to bear arms should be infringed.

In essence, they want to disarm America. They claim that the Sandy Hook and Columbine tragedies prove that Second Amendment rights should be restricted or even eliminated. Governor Cuomo of New York just signed into law the most rigid gun controls in the country.

Everyone agrees that the murder of even one child is a tragedy. So, where are the outcry of media outlets and the outrage of citizens that the lives of 1.2 million children were ended by abortion just last year? 

Abortion equals over 150 Sandy Hooks every day, 365 days per year. Where is the outrage across our land to ban the assault weapon of abortion—used to kill one in every five children of the next generation?

Abortion advocates have disarmed the conscience of America with shiny words like “choice” that disassociate the violence and death that that choice represents. Abortion is about violently denying the intrinsic human rights of the most innocent persons in society.

The precepts contained in our Constitution made America the shining city on a hill to the rest of the world. In America, it was presumed, it was our core principal—the law of the land—that every person had the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is, until January of 1973.

Forty years and 55 million deaths after Roe v. Wade, I am reminded of what Joseph Stalin said, “The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.”

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Paul E. Rondeau

Paul E. Rondeau's research and writing on social issures has appeared in law journals, private publications, and  the popular press.  His work has been cited at the U.S. Supreme Court, United Nations and by best-selling authors.  He serves as executive director at American Life League.  He can be contacted at


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