About half a million people are expected to travel to Washington, D.C. on Friday for the annual March for Life.
While the pro-abortion Women’s March has dwindled rapidly within just a few years, the peaceful pro-life March for Life remains strong more than 40 years after it began. Unlike the Women’s March, the March for Life is committed to the truth that every unborn baby’s life is valuable and deserving of protection.
Earlier this month, only about 10,000 attended the Women’s March in D.C., according to USA Today. Its hypocrisy about basic human rights may be one reason for its failure. As Krystina Skurk pointed out at The Federalist: “It is difficult for conservatives to take [the Women’s March] lefty virtue signaling seriously or to respect so-called ‘social justice warriors’ when they believe killing more than 600,000 babies a year is a right instead of a crime. If one’s definition of justice does not entail protecting the weak, then it is not true justice.”
In contrast, pro-life advocates plan to travel from all across the country to make a peaceful stand for the rights of the unborn in our nation’s capital. For example, Right to Life of Michigan alone is taking 20 buses and about 1,000 people for the long journey to D.C. this week. Tens of thousands of others travel shorter distances to attend.
Tens of thousands more will attend local pro-life events in their home communities.
Rebecca Hagelin wrote at the Washington Times: “Of course, not all of the displays of hope and remembrance take place in D.C. A March for Life occurs in nearly every state capital. If the children lost [to abortion] in each state could participate, anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions, depending on the size of the state, would be marching … Even without the victims, the largest marches our nation has ever seen are done to end the war on children.”
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life told One News Now that pro-lifers’ steadfastness and state pro-life legislative efforts give him hope for the future.
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“What this suggests, and the marchers are quite aware of this, is that the Roe v. Wade policy was an imposition on America that America never wanted,” Pavone said. “America has never ceased protesting that decision ever since, and we will have a new wave of those protests here in D.C. just in a matter of days.”
He said women and men whose children were aborted will be among the marchers. Every year, many of them share their stories of abortion regret on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, hoping to help others understand that killing an unborn child is wrong but forgiveness is available through God.
The March for Life is held every year near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that forced states to legalize abortion on demand. The case made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. Since 1973, more than 61 million unborn babies have been aborted.
The rally begins at noon and the march at 1 p.m. on the National Mall, with speakers including Jim Daly of Focus on the Family, abortion survivors Melissa Ohden and Claire Culwell, Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, Louisiana state Rep. Katrina Jackson and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.
More information is available at MarchforLife.org.