50,000 Join Virtual March for Life

Online Rally Protests Abortion in Health Care Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 21, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Every second, more people are joining the more than 50,000 participants in the Virtual March for Life to protest a U.S. health care bill that would include federal funding for abortion.

The virtual march Web site was created only a week ago, yet tens of thousands have already gathered in a united stand for life.

The initiative corresponds to the annual rally and March for Life taking place on Friday, the 37th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Hundreds of thousands are expected to travel to the nation’s capital to remind congress of the pro-life views of many U.S. citizens.

For those who cannot get out of work or attend the event, the virtual march site was created by Americans United for Life Action as an opportunity to stand alongside fellow pro-lifers.

The site was launched “to allow the millions of pro-life activists who can’t attend the march in person to create their own avatars to digitally march at the rally on the National Mall and have their voices heard too,” the action group stated.

The Web page allows users to sign in, choose an avatar, a digital figure, to be placed on a map in front of the congressional buildings, thereby making a stand to defend life and protest the health care reform bill currently being discussed by lawmakers.

In a promotional video, the action group stated that this bill “will create the largest expansion of abortion in 40 years.”

It continued, “You will have one final chance to make your voice heard.”

Historic opportunity

Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, explained in a letter that “with a health care bill that includes taxpayer funding for abortion hanging in the balance, this is an important, historic opportunity to get the attention of politicians in Washington.”

“In this critical moment, every American must be heard regardless of where you are,” she affirmed.

This year is the “most important March for Life in history,” Yoest said. “So much is at stake in this moment.”

She continued: “How many more lives will be lost if the congressional majority rolls back existing law that protects life and protects us from having our tax dollars used to fund abortion?

“Please stand and be counted among those who are marching for life and please ask everyone you know that doesn’t want their tax dollars to fund abortion to join us.”

The Web site also allows networking with other pro-life supporters through Twitter and Facebook, and enables participants to follow Friday’s events live through the internet.

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On the Net:

Virtual March for Life: VirtualMarchforLife.com

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