Plan now for March for Life 2019

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Plan now for March for Life 2019

I was in the midst of the March for Life in Wash­ing­ton a few days ago. No count was pos­si­ble from my van­tage point, but you can view this time-​lapse image from Stu­dents for Life to get an idea of the crowd. Not many satel­lite trucks around, though, except for EWTN’s. Other news out­lets man­aged to find their way to Wash­ing­ton for the Women’s March the next day, so it’s not as though they were unfa­mil­iar with the area.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_104730” align=“aligncenter” width=“470”] The 2018 March for Life pass­ing in front of National Archives. Ellen Kolb photo.[/caption]

We weren’t exactly under the radar. Gotta love social media and the count­less posts from par­tic­i­pants in the March. Pres­i­dent Trump’s address drew some news cov­er­age. Still, as has been the case since the first March in 1974 observ­ing the first anniver­sary of Roe v. Wade, there was plenty of room for more cov­er­age. A civil rights march in defense of the right to life rates at least as much atten­tion as a pres­i­den­tial tweet.

As a pub­lic ser­vice, I hereby announce for the ben­e­fit of all reporters, blog­gers, and com­men­ta­tors that the next March for Life in Wash­ing­ton will be on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 18, 2019. Mark your edi­to­r­ial cal­en­dars now. No excuses. Rain, shine, or snow (and I’ve marched in all those con­di­tions), the event goes on.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_104731” align=“aligncenter” width=“455”]A mother and daughter carry signs at the March for Life in Washington. Mother and daugh­ter at March for Life 2018, Wash­ing­ton D.C. Ellen Kolb photo.[/caption]

Come for the youth. The num­ber of high school and col­lege stu­dents will astound you.

Come to see how many states are rep­re­sented. If the March is some­thing new to you, you’ll be surprised.

Walk around the National Mall before the March and check out the meet-​ups and mini-​rallies going on, apart from the for­mal pro­gram that pre­cedes the March.

Many states and large cities have their own marches for life on or near the anniver­sary of Roe. The March in Wash­ing­ton rates a spe­cial trip. With or with­out the news cov­er­age it deserves, it’s a place and event full of inspi­ra­tion and encour­age­ment. Plan now for 2019: see you in D.C. on Jan­u­ary 18.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and blog­ger spe­cial­iz­ing in pub­lic pol­icy on the right to life. She works (and hikes) in New Hamp­shire. Read her cov­er­age of life issues in the Gran­ite State at Leaven for the Loaf.

When you hit DaTip­Jar, you’re sup­port­ing inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism. Thank you!

I was in the midst of the March for Life in Washington a few days ago. No count was possible from my vantage point, but you can view this time-lapse image from Students for Life to get an idea of the crowd. Not many satellite trucks around, though, except for EWTN’s. Other news outlets managed to find their way to Washington for the Women’s March the next day, so it’s not as though they were unfamiliar with the area.

The 2018 March for Life passing in front of National Archives. Ellen Kolb photo.

We weren’t exactly under the radar. Gotta love social media and the countless posts from participants in the March. President Trump’s address drew some news coverage. Still, as has been the case since the first March in 1974 observing the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade, there was plenty of room for more coverage. A civil rights march in defense of the right to life rates at least as much attention as a presidential tweet.

As a public service, I hereby announce for the benefit of all reporters, bloggers, and commentators that the next March for Life in Washington will be on Friday, January 18, 2019. Mark your editorial calendars now. No excuses. Rain, shine, or snow (and I’ve marched in all those conditions), the event goes on.

A mother and daughter carry signs at the March for Life in Washington.
Mother and daughter at March for Life 2018, Washington D.C. Ellen Kolb photo.

Come for the youth. The number of high school and college students will astound you.

Come to see how many states are represented. If the March is something new to you, you’ll be surprised.

Walk around the National Mall before the March and check out the meet-ups and mini-rallies going on, apart from the formal program that precedes the March.

Many states and large cities have their own marches for life on or near the anniversary of Roe. The March in Washington rates a special trip. With or without the news coverage it deserves, it’s a place and event full of inspiration and encouragement. Plan now for 2019: see you in D.C. on January 18.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and blogger specializing in public policy on the right to life. She works (and hikes) in New Hampshire. Read her coverage of life issues in the Granite State at Leaven for the Loaf. 

When you hit DaTipJar, you’re supporting independent journalism. Thank you!