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Life Chain, Ann Arbor MI

October 2, 2006

I attended Life Chain yesterday, my fourth here. Our numbers were down a bit, though perhaps that was because Pro-Lifers, who are used to having rain and snow dump on their rallies, were confused by the beautiful weather.

But if our numbers were down a bit, the number of friendly honks and waves we got was clearly up over previous years, while rude remarks were noticeably reduced. It left me feeling pretty good about the trend toward life here in Southeast Michigan. But for one incident.

A young woman in her 20s, driving by in a nice car, leaned far out her driver-side window and, in a scream of pure hate, shreiked “Kill the babies! Kill the babies! Kill’em all!” My first thought was, “Something’s been let out of hell on a 12-hour pass.”

Of course, she wasn’t a demon; she was a human being, herself blessed with the gift of life, but using her obvious health and wealth to spread vitriol against innocent children. In an instant, she reminded me of how far we still have to go. Maybe hers was the heart most touched by the two hundred or so witnesses to life yesterday; surely, she was worth our trying.

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