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Two protests meet in Washington

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Yesterday marked the eighth anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and we are quickly approaching the deadline Obama set when he signed the executive order to shut it down.

According to Catholic News Service, protesters are sharing their disappointment in the president in Washington, D.C., while about 100 people across the country have started an 11-day liquids-only fast.

What's interesting to me is that the protests and fast are scheduled to end on significant date for pro-lifers: February January 22. Besides being the anniversary of the executive order to shut down Guantanamo Bay, this is also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On February January 21, 3,000 people will attend a "flashlight vigil" in front of the White House (candles aren't allowed), followed by the annual March for Life on February January 22, CNS reports.

The convergence of these two different groups on Washington is impressive. One might tend to left and the other right, but both are likely inspired by faith. (I wonder if anybody will be attending both.) Together they demonstrate the importance of human dignity and the consistent ethic of life.  

In honor of these two significant anniversaries, here are links to our interview on torture, our reader survey on being pro-life, and our sounding board on the consistent ethic of life.

Photo from Witness Against Torture