Plan Now for January’s March for Life

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Plan Now for January's March for Life

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.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_104730” align=“aligncenter” width=“456”] The 2018 March for Life pass­ing in front of National Archives. Ellen Kolb photo.[/caption]

Mass­a­chu­setts Cit­i­zens for Life has a list of buses head­ing to the event from loca­tions around Mass­a­chu­setts. March​for​Life​.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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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.

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

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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