Participants in a pro-life march on the West Coast this weekend will hear an encouraging word from one of the "grandfathers" of the movement.
Tens of thousands of people will be on hand for Friday's national "March for Life" in Washington, DC – but 50 other cities hold their own march with participants who can't travel the distance. One of those is San Francisco, which hosts the 13th annual "Walk for Life West Coast" on January 21 (Sunday).
One of the four speakers at the San Francisco event will be 90-year-old pro-life veteran Joe Scheidler of Chicago's Pro-Life Action League, a group he founded in 1980. He will tell his audience that aside from saving lives of the preborn, the goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade – the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
"It's a fake decision," he shares with OneNewsNow. "It doesn't fit: it actually calls a human being 'potential life.' There's no such thing. It's a bad decision – it counters the Constitution, it counters logic, and it has to fall."
But overturning of the landmark decision isn't likely to happen without one or more justices on the Supreme Court who are pure constitutionalists. Still, Scheidler believes the pro-life message is winning the day – one day at a time.
"I'm optimistic because I think people are understanding that abortion is definitely taking a human life. I think that's coming through," he says. "Science is very clear on that – and you have to be almost brain dead not to know that when a woman's pregnant, she's got a human life [inside her] and we call human life a person."
Scheidler, who first got involved in the pro-life movement in 1972 and has become a legend for his pro-life work, will receive an award at the West Coast Walk for Life for his outstanding contribution to the movement. He has the honor of being sued twice by NOW (National Organization of Women) and having both convictions overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.