On Mother’s Day we held our fourth annual Rally and Walk. As in previous years, it was a tremendous success.

In spite of its success, some people have asked if we feel it is effective – doing the same thing year after year, and is it, in any way, helping to stop abortions? Without hesitation, I answer “yes” to both questions, but perhaps for a different reason that you might expect.

Our large membership has supported us every step of the way along our perilous journey in defense of unborn children. Volunteers come to our rescue when we need a lot of work done efficiently and in a hurry. When we are working together, regardless of how tough the problem, or how great the joy, there are those immediately beside us to share our feelings.

The core of full-time volunteers is not large and we are not always surrounded by the multitude in our day-to-day undertakings. It is rough out there on a one-to-one basis, and many difficult decisions or tasks are carried out without any obvious support. We need our batteries recharged periodically and seeing all the friendly faces at a rally gives us enough support and resolve to conquer all.

Our members are not always aware of daily undertakings, because so much of what we do does not reach public attention. The pregnant girls and women we counsel. The student interviews, the millions of pieces of literature distributed, the speaking engagements – the list is virtually endless. Our members need to know that their support makes all this possible and they are a part of us, encouraging us in whatever we have to do to protect our little unborn babies.

So, even if no other purpose was served by these rallies except to reinforce and support one another, they are worth much more than the efforts expended in organization.

I feel rallies and walks help to educate the public. The sooner the public becomes informed, the sooner society will realize that abortion must cease. Even a few words on a sign cause someone to think about the issue.

I have often heard undecided people say, “I heard someone say,” or “I saw a presentation, and I began to think about the issue”. We are confident that, when anyone starts to think about the issue, they will come down on the side of life.

In addition, the public knows we are here. Sheer numbers alone change minds. Our demonstration of concern to the general public and the media makes them conscious of the pro-life cause.

When it comes to picket lines, since they zero in on one particular phase of a problem, and are meant to move people into action, they are necessarily both hard-hitting and extremely effective. Because they are positive-negative as opposed to the positive mood of a rally or silent walk, they may not be as attractive to as many people.

I must admit, I would rather rally than picket, any day. As a matter of fact, the organizers of pickets pretty well have to put a sign in my hand and point me in the right direction to get me going. Excuses, from splinters in my hands to sore feet, fall on deaf ears of those taking on this very difficult task.

In spite of this, you will see me at just about every rally, walk, picket or other public display because they are effective. Any slight inconvenience it may cause us is repaid a hundredfold by knowing that we have walked one more step for the unborn child.