I am so pleased to be here today, joining my whole-life friends at the March for Life. I would also like to express my appreciation to Aimee for all her hard work in pulling this diverse coalition together.
There is a song by folk singer Todd Snider that starts off (and sing along if you know it): “Conservative Christian, right-wing Republican, straight, white, American male.” Do you think he was describing the pro-life movement in that song? The national dialogue would have you think so, and from the speakers on the main stage a few blocks away, you may also get the impression that the pro-life movement is made up of conservative Christian, right-wing Republican, straight, white, American males.
However, the movement, our movement, is much more diverse than that. As you can see from the speakers here today and the organizations we represent, we are Republican, Democrat, non-partisan, Christian, atheists, Jewish, right wing, left wing, no wing, straight, gay, white, black, (I was trying to figure what color hair Amiee would have today – teal) purple, pink male, and female. We don’t fit those lyrics in Todd Snider’s song nor the national and accepted description of our movement.
We are all here today to not only celebrate and promote the sanctity of life at all stages, but also to unite under the umbrella of the Pro-Life Allies coalition. We celebrate diversity and know that unity and working together toward a common goal builds success. Fighting for political power and exploiting differences as weakness results in chaos and disaster. Just look at the U.S. Congress to see how that works.
As Pro-life Allies, we many not all support a minimum wage increase, national health care, or the keystone pipeline. We may not all support free college tuition. We may have different opinions on how to solve the immigration issue. We are diverse.
There might even be, as Todd Snider sings in that same song, “Tree huggin’, love makin’, pot smokin’, gay weddin’, widespread diggin’ hippies” in the pro-life movement. Who we are, what we look like, and our political persuasion shouldn’t matter.
We have a common goal to promote and protect life at every stage, and when we can get past all that other stuff, we will succeed. I am proud to join the Pro-Life Allies and so impressed by the dedication and exceptional ability of Aimee to bring us all together.