Image credit: March for Life via Facebook
The first March for Life in the U.S. since the overturning of Roe v. Wade has seen huge crowds throng Washington DC vowing to continue supporting woman and babies until abortion becomes unthinkable.
The March for Life is always held on the Friday around the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v Wade. This ruling took place on 22nd January 1973, and claimed that women had the right to an abortion in the US Constitution. Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, which removed the right to abortion from the US constitution, thus overturning the Roe v Wade ruling.
What was to be a rally to mark the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade, then became the first post-Roe march.
The theme for this year’s March was “Next Steps: Marching Forward into a Post-Roe America”. President of March for Life, Jeanne Mancini highlighted this theme in her speech during the event.
“We’re not yet done,” she said. “While this year marks our most significant victory, the human rights abuse of abortion is far from over. Sadly, this year alone in the United States, there will be well over 700,000 abortions, and we know that in every abortion, one life is taken, and at least one life is wounded…. We will march until abortion is unthinkable.”
“Until we can make changes in our laws that reflect our compassion for all lives and until we can change hearts and minds in our fellow Americans… until then, life remains fragile,” she continued. “So it is our charge today in this new Dobbs era, to channel that same determination, and hope, and prayer that has led you to these streets for 50 years. Use it to make changes to support women and children… to support women when they are pregnant and nurturing a young family. Use it to promote workplace flexibility, use it to improve child support to make fathers equally responsible for their children. Use it to fix adoption and foster care systems that fail our children.”
The March for Life was also joined by two pro-life politicians, congressman and the Republican majority leader of the House of Representatives Steve Scalise, who highlighted the importance of voting for pro-life politicians, because “life and death is at stake.”
“Eighty different times, Nancy Pelosi blocked [the born alive] bill from coming to the floor. In just eight days of a Republican majority, we brought up the bill and passed it through the House of Representatives,” he said in reference to the born alive bill that was passed at the start of the year.
Attendees also heard from Republican Rep. for New Jersey Chris Smith.
“Future generations will someday look back on us and wonder how and why a society that bragged about its commitment to human rights could have legally sanctioned and aggressively promoted child beheadings, dismemberment, chemical poisoning and forced expulsion from the womb,” he said in his speech.
Other inspirational speakers at the event included super-bowl winner and coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren, OB/GYN and the CEO-elect of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr Christina Francis, President of Student for Life at Liberty University Summer Smith, found of maternity home and pregnancy resource centre Belteham House, Gina Tomes, Sister Marcy Casey of Sisters for Life and her twin sister Casey Gunning who has Down syndrome, Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, and Jonathan Roumie, who stars as Jesus Christ in the TV series “The Chosen”.
The March for Life was attended by thousands of people from across the country, and shared across social media.
“LOVE seeing all these students and young people standing up for LIFE!” one person said in a tweet.
LOVE seeing all these students and young people standing up for LIFE! #ProtectionAtConception #MarchForLife pic.twitter.com/vc0DE5sHpe
— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) January 20, 2023
“Proud to be a part of the POST-ROE Generation — and grateful that my mother chose life. ” another user said.
Proud to be a part of the POST-ROE Generation — and grateful that my mother chose life. ❤️#MarchForLife pic.twitter.com/TawpLuC0QN
— Angelina Támez (@AngelinaTamezTX) January 21, 2023
“A few of our favorite signs from today. We loved celebrating LIFE with you all. ” tweeted organisation Focus for the Family.
Another sign shared by March for Life said “A guide to women’s rights. Step one Let them be born”
Women's rights are human rights, and the first human right is the right to life. pic.twitter.com/gjRrj0b2Rt
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) January 25, 2023
Other organisations across the world, shared their support and enthusiasm for the March.
March for Life UK shared a series of photos across social media. One included an image from the March of three women holding up two signs among them, captioning it with “We this photo from March for Life yesterday. Let’s make abortion unthinkable ”. One poster said “I will March until abortion is unthinkable” and second saying “A child has the right to exist even if you don’t think they’re wanted.”
We ❤️ this photo from March for Life yesterday.
Let’s make abortion unthinkable 🔥#marchforlife#whywemarch#abortion pic.twitter.com/C6KajhUBJ3
— March4LifeUK (@March4LifeUK) January 21, 2023
The Love Them Both slogan, which was created by the Life Institute in 2012, was also seen frequently in pro-life signs.
One poster shared by March for Life states “Two bodies. Two sets of DNA. Love them both!”
Two bodies. Two sets of DNA.
Love them both! pic.twitter.com/cazCI8PNIn
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) January 30, 2023
Where another shared by the Life Institute said “Love them both. Pro-woman is pro-life”
Amazing to see out Love Them Both slogan we came up with in 2012, being used by the pro-life movement across the world. This one is from the US March for Life taking place TODAY!#LoveThemBoth #MarchforLife pic.twitter.com/6DlInkxLSf
— Life Institute (@lifeinstitute) January 20, 2023
“We are done with the lie that abortion is good for women. We are done with the lie that a mother must choose between her baby and her dreams,” March for Life said in a tweet a week after the March. “Now that Roe is gone, we must work to build a culture of life - a culture where the heartbreak of abortion is unthinkable.”
The March for Life was livestreamed on March for Life’s Facebook page, and is still available to watch. More photos and videos can be accessed on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.
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