The March for Life is the largest annual social activist event in America. Each year over a hundred thousand #ProLife Americans march on the nation’s capitol to show their support of an unborn baby’s right to life. What was originally meant as a one-time protest has blossomed into a full-fledged movement.
The original March for Life was held on January 22nd, 1974 in protest of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade. The event was organized and promoted by Nellie Gray, who found the Supreme Court’s decision, that women could abort their children, to be untenable. This original march was 20,000 people strong. Despite the intention to be a one-time protest, Gray orchestrated a second march in 1975 with the expectation that the Supreme Court would reverse their decision and support an unborn baby’s right to life. This gave birth to the non-profit organization, March for Life.
Many of those marching in support of life travel from all across the country to make their voices heard in Washington D.C. What began as 20,000 people conducting a one-time marching protest has developed into a march of over 100,000 people annually. The 2013 event is estimated to be the largest thus far with 650,000 people attending. The march is in its 46th year, taking place as I write this on January 18th. It has been pledged that the March for Life will take place every year until the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. With a majority of conservative judges, and the possibility of adding one more, the Supreme Court is in a position to do just that.
Even though the March for Life is very popular, and the majority of Americans support life, the mainstream media rarely covers it. However, despite the obvious partisanship of the media, the #ProLife movement continues to expand. I am grateful for the March for Life and I wouldn’t mind attending it myself someday. I hope and pray that, in the meantime, I can do some good by spreading the word about the march to others.
Have you ever taken part in the March for Life? Would you if the opportunity arose?