Pro-lifers nationwide observe the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision every January, no matter who’s in the White House and no matter which party holds a majority in Congress. Peaceful affirmation of the right to life is always in season. The next national March for Life in Washington will be Friday, January 18, 2019.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life has a list of buses heading to the event from locations around Massachusetts. MarchforLife.org lists trips scheduled from some other states. Separate related events include the Walk for Life West Coast (San Francisco) on January 26 and the Chicago March for Life on January 13.
Have you never attended? Come and see. If you are pro-life, you’ll be inspired by the sheer number of likeminded people from all over the country, particularly the tens of thousands of high school and college-age marchers. If you’re indifferent to Roe v. Wade, or even if you support it, you’ll be startled at the size of the peaceful, determined crowd. It’s a strong visual reminder that abortion isn’t a “settled” issue.
There’s an expo and a rally and speakers and so forth, but to me – and with apologies to everyone who works so hard on those aspects of the event – they’re extraneous. The March itself is the thing. I’ve lost count of the number of Marches for Life I’ve attended in Washington. During each one, I meet people from all over the country with stories to tell about why they came and what they’re doing to affirm life in the face of what some presume to call “settled law.” I wish Harry Blackmun were alive to hear them speak.
For all the upbeat inspiration of the event, it’s also a memorial to the lives lost to abortion since Roe. I wish Blackmun could see that, too.
Celebrate life. Join a march.
Ellen Kolb is a New Hampshire-based writer who blogs about the life issues at Leaven for the Loaf.
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