A contingent of residents of northern New Jersey braved potentially lethal cold to take part in the 2014 March for Life.
Andrew L. Schlafly of Chester, N.J., organized the event. He is a conservative activist and an attorney specializing in medico-legal matters. The March for Life is a cause near and dear to his heart, as it is for his mother, Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum.
About sixty adults and students boarded two chartered buses early Wednesday morning to attend the event. Many told of having to clear driveways after the eight-inch snowfalls that blanketed most of New Jersey the day before.
March for Life launch
The March for LIfe event had two parts: a rally on the Washington Mall west of 7th Street, and the March itself. The March route went up 7th Street Northwest to Constitution Avenue, which it reached at 1:45 p.m. It then ran east on Constitution Avenue to First Street Northeast, and finally down First Street to the courthouse of the Supreme Court, across First Street from the Capitol.
Temperatures stayed in the single digits until well after the March for Life finished its run. Marchers typically dressed as if for ski outings. Some used chemical hand warmers inside their gloves to keep warm.
The March for Life has taken place every year on January 22, since 1974. On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court held, 7-2, that abortion on demand was a Constitutional right of all women. (Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113)
After the March for Life, several U.S. congressmen held receptions in the House Office Buildings along Independence Avenue. New Jersey's own Scott Garrett (R-5th) and Christopher J. Smith (R-4th) held their reception in the Thomas "Doc" Morgan hearing room in the Rayburn Building. (Normally the House Committee on Foreign Affairs meets in that room.) At that reception, Rep. Smith announced his re-introduction of the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. (H.R. 3 in 2011; see text here.) He first introduced that bill in 2011, the year after the "Obamacare" bill passed. This bill passed 251-175 in 2011 but, of course, died in the Senate.
Smith said the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is necessary because (de facto) President Obama, by executive order, has effectively gutted the Hyde Amendment restriction on abortion funding by the government, as part of implementing Obamacare.
At Wednesday's reception, he and Garrett both announced plans to drive grass-roots opposition to the continued promotion of abortion by any level of government.