Organizers have canceled the in-person March for Life in Washington, D.C. as concerns about the coronavirus and unrest in the capital continue.
Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, announced the news Friday afternoon. She urged people to stay home, stay safe and participate in the annual pro-life event online on Jan. 29 instead.
“The protection of all of those who participate in the annual March, as well as the many law enforcement personnel and others who work tirelessly each year to ensure a safe and peaceful event, is a top priority of the March for Life,” Mancini said in a statement to LifeNews.com.
The March for Life organizers expressed concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the “heightened pressures that law enforcement officers and others are currently facing in and around the Capitol.”
Instead of an in-person march at the National Mall, the March for Life will be held virtually. A small group of pro-life leaders also plan to march in the capital that day to represent pro-life Americans everywhere, Mancini said.
“We are profoundly grateful for the countless women, men, and families who sacrifice to come out in such great numbers each year as a witness for life – and we look forward to being together in person next year,” she said. “As for this year’s march, we look forward to being with you virtually.”
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The theme for the 2021 March for Life is Together Strong: Life Unites. More details about participating are available on the March for Life website.
The annual march marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that forced states to legalize abortion on demand. In the past four decades, more than 62 million unborn babies have been legally killed in abortions, and countless mothers and fathers have suffered physically and psychologically from their deaths.
Every year, the March for Life brings hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters to Washington, D.C. to call on the Supreme Court and Congress to restore unborn babies’ right to life.