March For Life: Rally To End Roe V. Wade Ruling Goes High Tech
March For Life is gathering pro-lifers all over the United States to end Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Ruling, but this year the rally is going high tech with virtual broadcast, live-blogging and a Twitter hashtag.
March For Life, an annual anti-abortion, pro-life rally, was held today in Washington, D.C. The March For Life rally organized by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund ended on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States were the protesters seek to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling made 37 years ago. January 22, 2010 marks the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in a widely publicized case of Roe v. Wade, which effectively legalized abortion in the United States. The case involved an anonymous woman ("Jane Roe") -- Norma L. McCorvey and district attorney Henry Wade. McCorvey claimed that she was raped to get a right to abortion. Her case lead the Supreme Court to rule that a woman should have a right to abort for any reason unless the fetus is already viable.
Each year, around 100,000-300,000 people attend the March For Life rally. The 2009 rally attracted 250,000 people.
Although the march does not typically receive a lot of attention from the mainstream media, the Catholic Television Network, EWTN was broadcasting the 4-hour March for Life live today. The network calls the march one of the most important pro-life events of the year. The broadcast included interviews, panel discussions, and speeches from "pro-lifers."
The March For Life also went high tech this year. Pro-life supporters unable to attend the rally had a chance to complete a virtual March For Life and engage in live-blogging. The site estimates over 73,000 people joined online. A conversation is also being held on Twitter -- people are using the #march4life hashtag to discuss the rally.