Pro-Life Activists Gather for March for Life

On Friday, pro-life advocates from across the US gathered in Washington, DC for the first March for Life since SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade. The march is held annually and its route usually ends at the steps of the Supreme Court.

Pro-Life Activists Gather for March for Life
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Facts

  • On Friday, pro-life advocates from across the US gathered in Washington, DC for the first March for Life since SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade. The march is held annually and its route usually ends at the steps of the Supreme Court.
  • This year’s event marks the 50th March for Life, which was first started in 1974 in response to Roe v. Wade, when the Supreme Court decided that abortion was a constitutional right.
  • Even though Roe has been overturned, pro-life activists say they will continue to march every January. President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund Jeanne Mancini stated that this year will be a reminder of the "lives lost" but also a celebration of the pro-life movement’s progress.
  • Pro-life groups say that their goal has now shifted to the state level where they will fight to end abortion.
  • Some leaders want to use the march as an opportunity to lobby Congress for legislative reform. President of SBA Pro-Life America says she would like a “federal minimum standard” cut-off for abortion– 13 weeks could be a federal limit with states being able to impose stricter measures.
  • Pro-abortion activists have also been conducting protests, which ramped up significantly after Roe’s overturning. Abortion has been a hot-button issue for decades, with no tempering of the controversy surrounding it in sight.

Sources: Wsbtv, CNN, NBC, FOX News, PBS NewsHour, and USA Today.

Narratives

  • Right narrative, as provided by Daily Wire. The pro-life movement is energized and ready to continue fighting for the sanctity of life. While last year’s SCOTUS decision was a major win for both federalism and the unborn, more still needs to be done. The fight must now be taken to the state level to protect the nation's most vulnerable.
  • Left narrative, as provided by WMHLaw. The overturning of Roe was a catastrophic tragedy for all American women who have now been stripped of their right to bodily autonomy. States must fight back and continue enacting protective laws or risk dragging reproductive rights back to draconian levels.