Women Who Survived Abortion and Leading Black Pro-Lifer Will Headline 2020 March for Life

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 3, 2019   |   10:34PM   |   Washington, DC

The March for Life just announced a powerful line-up of speakers for its annual rally in Washington, D.C.

On stage at the Jan. 24 event will be some of the strongest advocates for unborn babies in the nation, including abortion survivors Melissa Ohden and Claire Culwell and stand-out pro-life Democrat Katrina Jackson, a state representative from Louisiana. Others include U.S. Reps. Ann Wagner and Chris Smith who introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in Congress.

“We are delighted to welcome to the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration this inspiring group of speakers who are all working ardently to promote the inherent dignity of the human person,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life.

The march will take place at noon Jan. 24 in downtown Washington, D.C. with a rally, followed by the march to the U.S. Supreme Court building. The theme for the 2020 March for Life is “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”

The annual event marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1974 Supreme Court ruling that allowed unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. Since then, approximately 61 million unborn babies have been legally aborted in the U.S.

Jackson is a rare pro-life Democrat lawmaker and African American pro-life leader who has faced threats and other hostilities for protecting the unborn. Several years ago, she sponsored a pro-life state law that now is being challenged at the Supreme Court. The law requires abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges to treat patients with emergency complications. If upheld, the law could cause two of the three abortion facilities in Louisiana to close.

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At the national level, Smith and Wagner have been strong advocates in Congress for born and unborn babies. Their bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, would require medical workers to provide basic medical care to babies who survive abortions.

Ohden and Culwell are examples of why the legislation is so needed, but Democratic leaders in the U.S. House are blocking the bill. Nancy Pelosi and Democrats have denied a vote on the bill 80 times.

“Protecting babies who are born alive after a failed abortion or requiring abortion doctors to hold admitting privileges at a local hospital are common sense, bi-partisan policies with the full support of the majority of Americans,” Mancini said.

The annual pro-life march brings huge crowds of people to the nation’s capital every year to stand up for the rights of unborn babies and call for an end to Roe v. Wade.