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“I believe our country is in need of a revival” and “a spiritual cleansing,” Mr. Paul said. “As a physician, I have looked into the eyes of 1-pound babies. I have cradled their small bodies in the palm of one hand.

“I defy those who are careless, who would disregard life. I defy them to come to the neonatal nursery with me and look at these tiny little miracles and say, ‘We’re not going to protect that.’ “

The rally offered a video tribute to the founder of March for Life, Nellie Gray, who died in August at age 88.
Gray was described as tenacious warrior, “one tough cookie” and “our Joan of Arc of the gospel of life.” The video included Gray speaking into the camera. “Believe me,” she said, “we are going to overturn Roe v. Wade.”