I am neither a supporter of pro-abortion rights nor am I a supporter of the anti-abortion rights. However, I do believe that this particular event deserved to be recognized. The voices of 400,000+ people deserved to be heard.
I had several friends attend the March for Life Rally in Washington D.C. It was an anti-abortion peaceful protest that took place on Jan. 25, 2013. According to NPR, organizers expected there to be more than 400,000 people in attendance. LifeSiteNews.com reported that there were over half a million people at this year's March for Life Rally. WAIT. There were half a million people in attendance, and the only time I heard about it was from a friend? Let me make you realize how many people attended. According to the United States Census, the city of Atlanta, GA, has an estimated population of 432,427 people. Still not convincing enough? The entire state of Wyoming has an estimated population of 576,412. That is roughly the same amount of people who attended the March for Life Rally this year. The entire state of Wyoming.
I began to do a little research on the topic. I went through the Twitter feeds of the Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, and other major news companies and discovered that no one really covered the event. AP did not even tweet about the 400,000+ people who came together on a cold January morning in Washington D.C. After looking through Twitter, I googled the event and found nothing except conservative coverage. Then I went through individual news sites. I found a small blurb here and there, but nothing more. Yet, I saw Tweets and articles from CNN and other news stations about the 6,000 people who attended Gun Control March that happened a day after the March for Life. 400,000+ people unite to make their voices heard yet a group with at least 394,000 people less gets media attention from every news station?
As stated earlier, I have not taken a side on the abortion debate; however, I strongly believe that the voice of the American people deserve to be heard. I am happy that the Gun Control March made headlines. I am just completely blown away that the March for Life received practically no coverage. And if they did, it was negative (see policymic article). I do not believe that the march was failure. I think it was quite a success minus the lack of coverage. I just want people to know that half a million people made an effort to travel to Washington D.C. from all around the nation to make their voices heard.