The March for Life helps the pro-life movement “to show we are strong” in order to help change both the culture and the law.
“Eventually the leaders will follow the people,” he said of the movement's continued success, noting that while “federal law has gone backwards on this issue” there has been progress in promoting pro-life laws “at the state level in some states.”
Rep. Smith suggested that the annual March for Life offers the country a “serious witness for life” and an opportunity for “people to converge on Capitol Hill.”
In the past 40 years, some 56 million unborn babies have been aborted, he said, adding that this “equates to the number of all of the people living in England.”
“Equally frightening is the harm that is done to women,” he continued, pointing to studies conducted around the world from “data showing a linkage to breast cancer” as well as mental health problems and other adverse effects of abortion.
While many national policymakers are “extremists” who work “continuously to promote the abortion agenda,” Smith said, “at the state level we've seen an acceleration, a deepening commitment to the sanctity of life.”
“In the various state legislatures, 205 laws have been enacted in the last three years alone,” he emphasized, calling state activism the “backbone of the pro-life movement.”
There is a need on the national stage “to elect pro-life lawmakers from both political parties” and “to elect a pro-life president,” Smith said.
Reflecting on the March for Life, the congressman said it provides an opportunity for the pro-life community “to get re-inspired.”
What he finds moth “breathtaking” about the march is “the idealism that is coming from the young people” in attendance.
“I've never met so many smart idealistic faith filled young people.”
“One out of every three” members of the youth “are missing,” Smith observed. “I think that doesn't go unnoticed by this generation.”