Why We March

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For 44 years now, surrounding the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we have marched down Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court as part of the annual March for Life. And as mainstream media pitch every year that the March for Life will not effect change, and that it is not through such public protests that laws will be changed, cases overturned, or opinions altered, we continue to march.  And we are heard!

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the March: “Today, three generations hence, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches all across the nation, life is winning again in America.”  And just four days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, which bars federal funds from going to overseas organizations that perform or promote abortions, President Trump expressed his support for the hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers on the mall in a tweet, “The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching — you have my full support!”

We wrote two years ago that the March for Life is indeed one way to start a chain of events that will contribute to positive changes for the cause for life – in Congress, in the courts, in our culture and society, and in individual hearts and minds.  After 8 years of pro-abortion policies, political persecution and media denial, we have an administration, the Senate and the House not only listening to our voices, but supporting what we say and know to be true: human life is sacred, and the state, by its very nature, bears the great responsibility of protecting the right to life.

Our march to protest the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe, to exercise our right to freedom of speech as good citizens, is not all that brings us out every year in often harsh weather and public ridicule.  We have marched and we will continue to march for so much more…

To Encourage. We march to encourage pro-life politicians and legislators to continue in their efforts to protect the unborn and the sanctity of human life on the legislative level.  We march to encourage individuals who work for pro-life organizations and pregnancy centers to continue the work they do every day to promote a culture of life that respects the dignity of women and children.  And we march to encourage those fighting in the courts for the cause for life to stay the course.

For example, the Senate will soon be voting on H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill passed by the House three days ago, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). This proposed legislation would permanently codify the Hyde Amendment and prohibit the use of federal funds by all government agencies for abortion and abortion coverage – including funds under the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.  It also eliminates tax credits and deductions for abortion expenses.  The Trump Administration has affirmed that President Trump will sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk.

To Demonstrate.  Our March is not one of utter protest; of attacks aimed at politicians or social groups.  We march to demonstrate the dignity and beauty of life, truth, unity, human goodness and the integrity of reason.  We demonstrate in solidarity as Americans who, with formed consciences, are called to appeal to those individuals and institutions that, permitted by our Creator, bear the efficient power to restore the protection of the rights guaranteed to the innocent by our Constitution.  We march as single women, families, children, churches, schools….  We march as all members of society.

To Educate.  We march to educate our youth about the abortion issue.  Every year, we see that the majority of those who participate in the March for Life are under the age of 30.  And for many of us over the years, the March has played a crucial role in education on life issues and the need to take action to defend life.  We educate our youth about abortion so that they, in their turn, will take up the cause for life in their schools, universities, personal relationships, workplaces and beyond.

To Collaborate and Mobilize.  Many pro-life groups and organizations host conferences, meetings and receptions in Washington, DC on the day of the March for Life.  For some of us, the March for Life is the only occasion of the year when we are able to be in the same place at the same time to exchange ideas, and collaborate with each other as we make plans for a new year in the fight for life.

To Testify.  We march to take a public stand in defense of the unborn. We speak on behalf of those who have no voice and cannot be heard. We march to publicly demonstrate that opposition to abortion in America is strong.  If fact, it has never been stronger!

Culture of Life Fellows