In January of 1974, the first of the Annual March for Life walks on Washington DC began, to lobby Congressional leadership to find a legislative solution to the Supreme Court’s decision to make abortion legal – on demand – throughout the United States in the decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Soon after realizing congressional protection of the unborn was not on the horizon, the decision was made to hold a March for Life every year until Roe v. Wade is overturned. The theme for this 47th March for Life was “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”
“The March for Life is an inspiring, peaceful. Vibrant, and joy-filled rally of women, men, young people, and children from all across the country. Every year, tens of thousands of pro-lifers converge on the National Mall and march on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling which legalized abortion in all 50 states. It’s the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world. But this is not just a protest… TOGETHER, WE GATHER TO CELEBRATE LIFE. We celebrate each and every life, from the moment of conception. We envision a world where every life is celebrated, valued, and protected.”
Every year, our friars join with the people they serve to March as representative of those who have no voice; honoring life from conception to natural death. This year our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. was able to join a few of our ministries’ groups present. There were many more in attendance along with the estimated 225,000 participants, so it was amazing he was able to find these in the crowds.
Many more ministries of our province were also represented there that day.