The pro-abortion community was stunned by the presence of African American pro-life prayer supporters. Pro-life leaders on the ground were encouraged by the gathering of prayerful prolife supporters who wore t-shirts announcing the injustice of the death of Tonya Reaves; a Black woman who was killed in a botched abortion recently at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.
In contrast to the National March for Life which is held every January to lament the passage of Roe vs Wade and the court decision that made the killing of over 50 million unborn babies legal; the “We are Women” effort drew around 600 participants, where the March for Life draws hundreds of thousands of marchers every year. As a group of peaceful prayer supporters wearing prolife t-shirts circulated among the pro-abortion camp, one Planned Parenthood supporter shouted out in protest, calling one of the African American men praying for life a “ni-g-r.” The prayer team was undaunted and continued to speak the truth and pray in love, according to pro-lifers from Priests for Life.
Some members of the prayer team were able to speak to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who declined photo-ops with them.
One of the pro-abortion rally speakers was reportedly a Florida representative of Rainbow PUSH, a Rev. McKenzie who attempted to quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; suggesting that Dr. King was a supporter of abortion. Rather than hiss and boo, the pro-life supporters stood quietly and stoically and stared at the speaker as a silent rebuke.