The national March for Life in Washington, D.C. will continue until “abortion is unthinkable,” organization president Jeanne Mancini confirmed this week.
Nearly 50 years ago, pro-life advocates began the March for Life to protest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, and pro-life advocates have marched peacefully in the capital every January since then.
Even though Roe is gone and states may protect unborn babies from abortion again, Mancini said there still is a need to march for the rights of the unborn, the Catholic News Service reports.
“We will still be having our federal legislative battles,” Mancini said Wednesday on the webcast “Life Beyond Roe.”
She said they still plan to hold a national march every year in Washington, D.C., but the March for Life also wants to focus on state-level pro-life advocacy.
“We will continue to march until abortion is unthinkable,” Mancini said.
Here’s more from the report:
“I would say the voices will have more impact at the state level” as state legislatures that have not already enacted abortion bans begin to debate legislation, she said. “So it’s like less is more.”
March for Life has held state marches in Connecticut, Virginia and California, with ones planned for Pennsylvania in September and Ohio in October.
Next year, Mancini said the plans are to double the number, and over the next six years, to have marches in all 50 state capitals.
The March for Life typically draws hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates to Washington, D.C. every year to protest peacefully for the rights of unborn babies.
In a historic ruling Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.
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Since the ruling, 13 states have banned abortions and more are expected to do so in the weeks ahead.
For nearly 50 years, Roe forced states to legalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to viability and allowed states to legalize abortions without limits up to birth. The ruling made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies have been aborted.
Now, states are allowed to make their own laws regarding abortion again, and Guttmacher Institute researchers estimate as many as 26 will protect unborn babies by banning or strictly limiting abortions. These laws are expected to save hundreds of thousands of unborn babies from abortion every year.