This March marks the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama lead by Martin Luther King Jr. The event, and those preceding it played a pivotal role in changing the minds of Americans on the racism which had been controlling the nation.
Right now our generation is facing a civil injustice with abortion, in order to be successful in our fight we must look to past successful movements and learn from them. This is what we can learn from Martin Luther King Jr. and those who fought for their own rights, and that of others in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Pro-Life movement uses a similar argument as many of us are religious as they were. Science has proven the argument for both movements, proving that all humans are equal no matter what their skin color, background or age is, giving a universal view to a "church" teaching.
Bloody Sunday was an eye opener for many who watched the news that night. A bloody attack against peaceful Civil Rights protesters on Edmund Pettus Bridge, an expected attack that was unexpectedly recorded and televised. Thankfully the Pro-Life movement does not receive resistance as that of the protesters on Bloody Sunday or simply that of any Civil Rights protester, although we do have strong standing opponents. There had been a group of Pro-Choicers, who were arrested at the March For Life 2015 for attempting to stop the event.
In the face of opposition we need to remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, "Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." We believe that all lives matter, so meeting opposition with violence is hypocrisy. Respect all life!
The number one thing we can take from the Civil Rights movement, is never give up, even in the face of opposition, disrespect, or ridicule. This is a fight worth fighting and you are not alone. "The Civil Rights Movement, it wasn't just a couple of, you know, superstars like Martin Luther King.
It was thousands and thousands - millions, I should say - of people taking risks, becoming leaders in their community." said Barbara Ehrenreich. The Pro-Life movement needs you to do the same, you too have a voice please use it for the voiceless.