January 19, 2001

Erie residents to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade with trip to Washington, DC

This Sunday evening People for Life, the local affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, will be sending four chartered buses to the 28th March for Life in Washington, DC. This bus trip has been an annual event for People for Life since the first March for Life on January 22, 1974, exactly one year after the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the abortion laws of all 50 states (Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton).

The buses will begin loading at 11:00 PM, Sunday evening at the St. George Church parking lot on upper Peach St. Departure time is 11:30 PM. At least 170 to 180 people will be traveling with People for Life. (A few seats are still available.) This is nearly double the number from last year (95).

The March for Life seems to be generating an exceptional amount of interest this year. This may be attributable in part to the inauguration of a pro-life president for the first time in 12 years (since George Bush, Sr. became president 1989).

Hopes are running high that a ban on the partial-birth abortion procedure is now within reach. Only two Clinton vetoes have prevented a ban on partial-birth abortion from becoming law before now. In both cases, veto override measures passed in the House of Representatives by wide margins, while they fell short of the needed two-thirds majority by only a few votes in the Senate.

Stopping the illegal marketing of fetal body parts for science experiments, which flourished under the Clinton administration, is also high on the pro-life agenda. Other priorities - stopping the use of tax dollars to provide and/or promote abortion; prohibiting destructive experimentation on living human embryos; and reinforcing the right of parents to be notified and involved when underage daughters are considering abortion.

Ultimately, we are looking forward to the day when the U.S. Supreme Court once again allows the American people to decide whether or not abortion-on-demand should be the official policy of our nation. This, however, depends in large part on the overturn of Roe. v. Wade.

The March for Life program will begin at noon, Monday, January 22, 2001 with a very large rally at the Washington Monument. The march itself will begin at 1:00 PM from 15th and Constitution Avenue, proceeding the approximate 2.5 miles to the U.S. Supreme Court. Two hundred thousand or more people are expected to march.

Following the march, the People for Life delegation will attend a meeting with Senator Rick Santorum and a reception (complete with refreshments) courtesy of Congressman Phil English. Meeting with the elected officials is a traditional part of the annual March for Life activities.

The People for Life buses will leave RFK Stadium in Washington, DC at 5:00 PM, Monday and arrive back at St. George Church around 1:00 AM, Tuesday, January 23, 2001.

People for Life spokespeople will be available for interviews while the marchers are boarding the buses Sunday evening.

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People for Life, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit, citizen's organization committed to affirming the intrinsic value of human life. People for Life is dedicated to advancing true justice by working for the protection of all innocent human lives, whatever the age, race, sex, physical condition, economic status, or place of residence (including the womb). People for Life encourages local involvement through education, political awareness, and the promotion of loving alternatives to the primitive and violent "solutions" of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Together, we can create a society in which all human lives are held sacred.