If numbers and enthusiasm determined outcomes, the pro-life side would prevail in the upcoming Supreme Court ruling in the high-profile abortion case, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization. A massive showing of believers supporting life took over nearly all the area in front of the Supreme Court, dwarfing a tiny, pro-abortion contingent, clearly overpowered at a nearly 10 to 1 ratio.
The numbers usually go the other way, but the dramatic changes in the makeup of the Supreme Court helped bring a sense of impending doom by nearly all pro-choice commentators and even attendees.
Rev. Frank Pavrone, founder of Priests for Life, said, "I am encouraged by the attendance today and yesterday and the makeup of the court and the possibilities. It is still unclear whether the court will decide to completely overturn previous rulings or take a middle road and acknowledge the Mississippi law, and in doing so, acknowledge what we feel was the original flaw in the decision that abrogated states' rights to regulate such issues."
The joyful, predominantly young crowd in attendance chanted, "We are the pro-life generation; Roe v. Wade will be gone in our generation," while the police had a challenge in dealing with the abrasive, hateful group supporting unlimited abortion, who constantly pushed, shoved and did their best to provoke a confrontation.
"We are doing our best to balance the right to protest with keeping everyone apart," said a police officer on the scene, standing between a tiny group of pro-abortion supporters and the dramatically larger pro-life crowd surrounding them.
Longtime political analyst Carrie Sheffield took a measured view of the Supreme Court deliberations, saying, "We have all worked for this for decades, and the current situation is the best we have had since the early 1990s. I believe at the very least we will see a dramatic shift in recognizing states' rights to decide on these issues and possibly an overturning of the flawed Roe decision."
Congressman Mike Johnson, R-La., surveyed the crowd, commenting on its size and enthusiasm: "It is great to see so many people here, in particular so many young people—it gives us hope that finally we may see a good outcome."
Members of the pro-life crowd were for the most part carefully on their side of massive barriers put between the dueling groups, but some, like Quincy Anatello, known as "BCP" (Black Conservative Preacher) went to the other side and confronted the motley group of angry, screaming pro-abortion supporters, interviewing one after another with surprising effectiveness.
When one abortion supporter cited the much-used "My body, my choice," Anatello responded with the obvious fact that there was a man involved who has a decision in the matter as well. To outraged screams, he patiently explained the simple fact that over the nearly 50 years since the 1973 Roe decision, advances in science now provide for surgery on an unborn child as well as detailed information on when a child in the womb feels pain, upending the critical argument that the child is simply a "fetus."
As the crowd around became increasingly hostile, loud and abusive, Anatello turned to his camera and said, "Guys, this is the logic of those who want to keep abortion going—they don't have any."
Stephen Strang, bestselling author of God and Cancel Culture, wrote, "I couldn't in good conscience vote for people who support ungodly causes such as abortion," reflecting the age-old Scripture in Deuteronomy 27:25a (NKJV) that seems to prophecy a day when body parts would be bought and sold: "'Cursed is the one who takes a bribe to slay an innocent person.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'"
As the day wore on, the initial discussions by the justices not only created a dramatic panic in the tiny group of abortion activists but also a media firestorm that while the decision will not be made until the spring of 2022, the comments of the justices were clearly on the side of some form of modification of the evil of abortion.
Amir George directs the World Helpline at theworldhelpline.org. He urges anyone who wants to be a part of daily prayer on Capitol Hill at 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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