Every year on this day, they march. Thousands and thousands of people come on buses from all over the country to protest the Supreme Court's decision to sanction the killing of innocent human life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Liberal America does its best to pretend that the annual March for Life represents some religious right fringe, never mind that a majority of Americans describe themselves as pro-life.
The mainstream media does something altogether more damning -- they have an extensive history of ignoring the March for Life (and pro-life viewpoints altogether). The New York Times didn't print a single word about last year's March for Life. It's the biggest nonevent of the year.
But due to recent news, it's going to be harder to ignore it this year.
Last week Philadelphia authorities charged abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell with eight counts of murder. After one of his patients died, authorities raided his office.
Thanks to a policy ending regular inspections of abortion clinics instituted by Pennsylvania's former governor, pro-choice Republican Tom Ridge, Gosnell's "clinic" had not been inspected in 17 years.
What authorities found is beyond description -- but one official termed it a "shop of horrors," filled with bags of infant body parts.
Seven of Gosnell's murder charges are for children that were born alive before Gosnell severed their spinal cords with a pair of scissors.
One of the children Gosnell killed was so large and well-developed that he joked, "This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop," according to a witness in the grand jury report.
"I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic," said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. "But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the law. ... A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law."
While the D.A. should be commended for vigorously prosecuting these killings, why do we split such hairs when it comes to protecting nascent human life? Why is taking a baby outside the womb to kill it a monstrous crime, while killing that same child inside the womb a matter of "privacy"?
Unfortunately, there is an incredibly small fringe of pro-life activists that physically threaten abortion doctors. When late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered in 2009, it resulted in the most coverage of the abortion debate we've seen in a long time.
Tiller's killing was a monstrous act, but it was also not an incident to be viewed in isolation.
Barely three months after Tiller's killing, pro-life activist James Pouillon was gunned down on the street in Michigan while holding a sign protesting abortion. The killer told police he was "offended" by Pouillon's anti-abortion messages. Yet, the slaying of Pouillon received almost no national media attention.
In light of the striking timing between Gosnell's arrest and this year's March for Life, it's not too much to ask that the media make a real effort to understand why millions of Americans have marched on Washington for decades and demanded the end of abortion.
It's naive to think the American people are going to agree on abortion anytime soon. But it doesn't help that one side of the debate largely goes ignored. The day after Gosnell's arrest last week, not one of the major network morning news shows reported on it.
Accurately and freely presenting the opinions of America's pro-life majority would be one small measure of justice for Gosnell's victims.
Mark Hemingway is an editorial page staff writer for The Examiner. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.