Estimates for Sunday’s Paris march attendance have soared higher, with some outlets reporting as many as 3 million people swarmed the heart of the French capital to support free speech.
The Associated Press reported that around France, up to 3.7 million people marched on Sunday — which could mean more than 1 in 20 French, 5.6 percent of the nation’s population, had taken a public stand.
What do those numbers mean in context?
Sunday’s march was enormously larger than some of America’s biggest protests — even more so when you account for the size of the country.
Given France’s population of 66 million, 1.5 million marchers could mean nearly 2.5 percent of the entire country’s population participated in the march — though plenty of foreigners converged on the French capital to rally as well.
The 43rd annual March for Life has chosen a special theme this year.
The upcoming March marks the January 22nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs Wade decision which legalized abortion in the United States. Since then, over 57 million children have died in the womb.
March for Life (2013)Jeanne Mancini, who heads the organization, says the theme this year draws attention to a special problem related to an abortion-versus-life decision. The theme is “Every Life is a Gift,” which focuses on children who have are diagnosed with a disability in the womb and are aborted at what she calls a “high disproportionate rate.”
That includes babies who are aborted because of Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Anencephaly and other conditions. In those cases, the abortion rate ranges from 60 to 90 percent, and prenatal diagnoses play a large role in those decisions.
The annual March for Life Rally is from noon-1pm on Thursday, January 22, 2015 and as customary, will be on the National Mall. The March begins immediately after the Rally and follow its route up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill.
By Charlie Butts – One News Now – March for Life –