I have been searching for an hour but have not found any coverage of the Silent No More event in DC. In fact, the only coverage I have seen of the March that even comes close to saying the amount of people that attended was in the Washington Times.
I have always said that the March is more for us than for any media attention. It is obvious that after 31 years, it has not done much to overturn Roe vs Wade, but it is wonderful to get together with other people who have the same beliefs...it is an encouragement for the year ahead.
I went down to DC with The Sisters of Life on Wednesday. The Mass at the Bascilica of the Immaculate Conception was packed (20,000). This year, the homily given by Cardinal Keeler specifically mentioned post-abortion pain and the courage of the women that would be participating in the Silent No More event . He even said he believed these were the people who would end Roe vs Wade. It was a great outreach to those who are still suffering in silence.
After attending for 18 years, I did get to view the March from a different perspective this year. The Sisters were the first group to march and so we stood before the Supreme Court and got to see everyone else who came after us. It was phenomenal. We stood there for over and hour and a half! It is a little frustrating to see newspapers state there were "thousands" there when you know it had to be well over 100,000. Still, it was a wonderful day.
After the March those of us participating in Silent No More met in a house behind the Supreme Court where we got to meet each other, chat and share a meal. It was great fellowship and I was especially happy to meet people I have been corresponding with over email for awhile like Anne Marie Cosgrove of Silent No More, Minnesota and Olivia Gans of American Victims of Abortion. It was also great to be with friends I have met over the years such as Charnette Messe; and Theresa Burke of Rachel's Vineyard . I also was happy to be with about fifty other post-abortive women, and of course, thanks go out to Georgette Forney and Janet Morano of the Silent No More Campaign for all their work in organizing this event.
It was wonderful to see many people out in front of the Supreme Court to support us. They stood in the cold for hours as they listened to woman after woman share the story of their abortion. I know their support was priceless especially to those women who were sharing their stories for the first time. Jennifer O'Neill was, as always, wonderful, as was Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King) and Melba Moore whose voice is beyond unbelievable. I thank them for standing with us as I do all the women who were there...
of course, NOW made their appearance at about six o'clock and began their chants about women's rights and bodies, but it paled in comparison to the testimonies of the women of SNM.
Most especially I want to give thanks to congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, who has courageously been working for life for many years. In his talk from the platform of the March, he too spoke in support of Silent No More and the women and men hurt from abortion, but I cannot express how I felt when I saw him in the cold last night for the event, standing right in front for hours, on crutches to support us. I know I for one plan to email or write him to let him know how much I appreciate all his hard work and how very grateful I am for his support. This is where he can be contacted if you want to thank him for being there for us too!