RICHMOND – On a perfect, cloudless spring day, thousands of pro-life protestors marched around Virginia’s state capitol building on Wednesday in protest of a bill that would allow abortion up to the moment of birth, and remarks by Gov. Ralph Northam in support of legal infanticide.

It was the largest pro-life march since the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18, which attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers.

A large group of pro-life protesters in front of the Capitol.
Pro-Life crowd marches in front of the Capitol.

The Washington Post, which gave some coverage to the national march in January and more coverage of the pro-abortion Women’s March on January 19, devoted only six paragraphs on the Richmond event buried in an article on a different topic, plus two photos.

One photo was of the crowd on the capitol lawn, and another showed a protester’s sign featuring a woman in a hospital bed holding a newborn baby under a headline: #EndInfanticide.  The Post noted that “an estimated 6,500” attended the pro-life march, and that “nearby, a smaller crowd saved signs demanding to “Keep abortion legal.”

If there were any counter-protesters, I did not see them, and I walked the entire march route, along with my daughter. She was holding her five-month-old baby son as I pushed a stroller with two more of my grandsons.  Even if the Post reporters saw a handful of pro-abortion demonstrators, the description of them as a “smaller crowd” implies near-parity, perhaps even hundreds of people, which is typical of media coverage of pro-life events. 

A marching band of drummers and bagpipers provided lively music all the way around the Capitol’s march route. Many demonstrators pushed strollers, and people of all ages participated, with a heavy contingent from Liberty University.

Some of the signs carried by the pro-life marchers referred to Gov. Ralph Northam.  A pediatric neurologist, Gov. Northam, a Democrat, shocked many on Jan. 30 by endorsing infanticide during a radio interview.

He was discussing a late-term abortion bill (which later failed) that would have gone further than the New York State law signed on Jan. 22 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that legalized abortion right up to the baby’s due date. 

Mr. Northam, elected in 2017, said a baby born with health complications could live or die based on what the mother and doctors decided.

“If a mother is in labor…the infant would be delivered,” Northam explained.  “The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.”

Speakers at the rally preceding the march included Melissa Ohden, survivor of a saline infusion abortion; Ryan Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation; Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life; Felicia Pricenor, associate director of the Virginia Catholic Conference; Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, and Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation.

After the pro-life march, Dr. Alveda King, Bishop Vincent Mathews, SCLC of Virginia, Douglass Leadership Institute, Reverend Dean Nelson of Watchmen Pastors, and other faith leaders prayed at the governor’s mansion under the slogan, “Racism and Infanticide have no place in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

They implored God “to heal our land.” 

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