Everyone Should Be a Part of This!


Everyone should be a part of this!”

This is what one young marcher shared at the 2018 March for Life, and we couldn’t agree more.

Watch this inspiring “Why We March” recap video for more reflections:

The 45th Annual March for Life was a beautiful and historic day. But it was just the beginning of our work for the year.

Everyone can still be a part of the March for Life by taking action each and every day in their communities and in the public square to be a voice for life.

The injustice of abortion has been going on 45 years too long! Will you commit to keep marching forward throughout 2018 to ensure that Roe v. Wade will not turn 50?

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Please share with friends and family and share on social media, to ensure that every pro-life American takes part in the work of the March for Life.

As another marcher shared in the video – “life is worth fighting for.”

March for Life Statement on Senate Vote on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act


“While we are grateful that this was brought to a vote, it is disappointing that the U.S. Senate could not pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act today, a bill that President Donald Trump specifically called upon Congress to bring to his desk at the 45th annual March for Life. This bill would have limited most late term abortions to protect approximately 12,000 unborn children every year. For over a decade, polling has shown that the large majority of Americans – including those who identify as pro-choice – would limit abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy. It is a disgrace that our Senate has once again failed to pass a bill that reflects the hearts and minds of the national pro-life consensus.”

– March for Life President Jeanne Mancini

Tips for First-Time March for Life Participants


The 45th annual March for Life is right around the corner. Many of you have been marching for years, while others are attending for the first time – we welcome all pro-life Americans to march with us!

Below are a few tips to make sure you’re ready for the 2018 March for Life.

See you on January 19th!

  1. Be prepared for cold weather!
    • Check the weather forecast before you’ll leave, but bring your warmest winter coat, no matter what!
    • Wear layers – you can add or remove depending on the temperature.
    • Bring hot hands for pockets, gloves, or boots.
    • Definitely bring gloves and hats, and wear comfortable, water-proof shoes.
  2. Stay connected with your group members.
    • The crowds are very large, so try and stay physically connected to your group as much as possible.
    • Make sure everyone has at least one leader’s cell phone number.
    • Give everyone a map – you can print off paper copies OR download the March for Life app.
    • Inform everyone of time and meeting place after the march is finished.
  3. Know your transportation options.
  4. Bring signs!
    • Be creative, and let the world know why we march!
    • Check out a few ideas HERE.
    • Even if you forget or can’t bring signs, many groups will have signs to hand out on the National Mall.
  5. Get ready to document your experience!
    • It’s important to show “why we march” – beforehand, post pictures, messages of why you will be marching for life with #whywemarch.
    • With the technology and social media options we have, every marcher can be a “citizen journalist.”
    • During the event, post pictures and videos of the crowd with #whywemarch & #marchforlife.
    • See all your posts at WhyWeMarch.org.
    • Consider wearing gloves that have screen sensitive finger tips!
    • Bring an extra battery charger for your devices!
  6. Attend the March for Life Expo
  7. Stay connected with the March for Life

The March for Life is an incredibly important opportunity for pro-life Americans from all across the country to come together and be a unified voice for a culture of life. We hope you will join us!

March for Life Sign Inspiration!


The March for Life is an incredible opportunity to share the truth about life and communicate the inherent dignity of the human person.

If you’re looking for inspiration for signage to bring, check out a few of our favorites from the 2017 March for Life!

We also encourage you to think creatively about loving and truthful messages to share #WhyWeMarch.

(p.s. if you aren’t able to bring homemade signage, many groups provide free signs at the rally.)


Conscience Protection Act Capitol Hill Press Conference


Today, lawmakers and pro-life leaders joined together to support the Conscience Protection Act in a press conference on Capitol Hill. The legislation would protect the conscience rights of health care providers from the power of federal and state governments coercing them to participate in the brutal act of abortion.

If Every Marcher Did This One Thing…


How are you responding to the call on your life to work to end abortion?

Here at the March for Life, we are working each and every day so that one day soon, we will no longer have to march for life.

Last week, EWTN News Pro-Life Weekly, featured this year-round work of the March for Life, as well as our President Jeanne Mancini.

You can watch the brief segment below:

In the clip, Jeanne shares about her faith and life experiences that underlie her belief in the truth that “every life is a gift and every person has human dignity.”

The EWTN anchor notes that the 2018 March for Life theme, “Love Saves Lives,” matches “Jeanne’s noteworthy passion and optimism and her big hopes for the future.”

Jeanne closes the segment by posing this challenge: “If every marcher responded to God’s call to them, to their potential, abortion would be ended that year, I’m convinced of it.”

So what can you do?

1. Share this video clip to encourage pro-life individuals to respond to the call on their life to work to end abortion.

2. Invite your friends and family to the March for Life so that they may be inspired and equipped to take action in the pro-life movement.

REVIEW: “A World Without Down Syndrome”?


British actress Sally Phillips may be best known to Americans for her roles in “Bridget Jones’ Diary” or “Veep,” but she’s taking on a new role in the UK that is causing many to pay attention.

Phillips is the mother of three children, and her oldest son Ollie, has Down Syndrome. She is one of many parents of children with Down Syndrome concerned about the UK government’s proposal to implement a new prenatal test (second-line cfDNA screening: NIPT – non-invasive prenatal testing) that is projected to result in a significant increase in terminations of children with Down’s Syndrome.

According to the advocacy group, Don’t Screen Us Out, the consequences of this testing “would have a profound long-term effect on the population of the Down’s syndrome community, and enable a kind of informal eugenics in which certain kinds of disabled people are effectively ‘screened out’ of the population before they are even born.”

Troubled by these reports, Phillips embarked on the process of making a documentary about the testing, and to show the world firsthand the inherent value and dignity of individuals like her son Ollie. She opens the film with the questions: “What kind of society do we want? And who should be allowed to live in it?”

This is a fascinating, and at times hard film to watch, as a wide variety of individuals share their thoughts on Down Syndrome, genetic testing, and abortion. One must also keep in mind that Phillips has never claimed to be a pro-life advocate; in fact, she has one comment to a researcher that would indicate that she supports a “woman’s choice.” However, the overwhelming message of the documentary is that the extremely high (and increasing) rate of abortion for diagnoses of Down Syndrome is not only a bad thing for society, it’s discrimination in the worst way towards a group of people.

The films opens with some poignant and hilarious scenes of Phillips and her three children. She quips that when she first learned her son had Down Syndrome (not until several days after he was born), “I was expecting tragedy but I got comedy.” She also mentions here that a majority of families with an individual with Down Syndrome are very happy.

>>>> Check out the research from Dr. Brian Skotko that supports this.

She interviews a fetal genetic testing doctor, and questions “why is everyone behaving like having a baby with Down Syndrome is a catastrophe?” One of the reasons he cites is that people think of the child as a burden to the family for many years.” Phillips responds, “A burden that lasts a long time? That’s not how I see Ollie.”

A visit to Iceland, where the termination rate has reached nearly 100% for babies with Down Syndrome, is also part of the documentary. Phillips visits an exhibition of photographs of individuals with Down Syndrome by Sigga Ella, and interviews one of the few remaining individuals with Down Syndrome in Iceland. “It felt like they were coming after me,” the young woman shares when she hears reports on the “elimination of Down Syndrome.”

Ultimately, Phillips questions the idea of choice. She interviews a mother who chose to abort her child because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis. You can visibly see that Phillips is having a hard time with this. The mother spoke of a desire for happiness for her and her child. Afterwards, Phillips reflects,

“I think she’s wrong that an increase in choices increases happiness…The thing I keep coming up against is this idea of choice. Ollie had 1 in 10000 chance of Down Syndrome – back then if I was told I’d have a child with disability, I’m not sure if I’d had been able to say yes. But having him in my life has changed me and my family for the better. That makes me question whether choice is the great thing it’s cracked up to be. Where will all these choices take us?”


Sadly, she concludes, that the “choice” to terminate with Down Syndrome nearly 100% of the time, could lead to the frightening vision of “a world without Down Syndrome.” That is a world Phillips – and the March for Life – wants to prevent. As she poignantly concludes, “there is great value in things not being perfect.”

You can watch the full documentary below:

3 Ways to Prepare for the March for Life!


The 2018 March for Life is three months away! If you haven’t already, be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, January 19 to march for life in Washington, D.C. Below are three simple things you can do to get your planning started.

1. Sign up!

By signing up for March for Life email updates, we’ll be sure to send you the latest information about the March for Life, speaker announcements, and other important pro-life opportunities.

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2. Download the March for Life app!

The app is a great way to connect with the March for Life community. You’ll also have all of the March for Life planning and logistical details at your fingertips. It’s available for iPhone and Android users.

3. Invite your friends!

We need the voice of every pro-life American to speak out against the injustice of abortion and to witness to the beauty of life at the March for Life. Please commit to inviting friends to participate in the 2018 March for Life!

Increased participation not only strengthens the public witness against abortion but being a Marcher is a transformative activity! It is so easy to invite– you can use email, social media, or simply make an old-fashioned phone call!

Below is the Facebook event. And you can click HERE to find more user-friendly, downloadable items to help you spread the word.

Thank you for being part of the world’s largest pro-life event. Together, we can end abortion.

See you in January!

3 Parents Advocating for Kids With Down Syndrome


October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. We’re featuring three of our favorite parents who are advocates for their children with Down Syndrome (there are also many more!). These families are breaking stereotypes and showing the world that every life is a gift!

1. Carissa Carroll

Carissa is mom to two boys and one girl, including Jack who has Down Syndrome. She founded Jack’s Baskets to celebrate every child born with Down syndrome and congratulate their family with gifts, support, and resources.

For the 2015 March for Life with the theme, “Every Life is a Gift,” Carissa shared her story and work with Jack’s Baskets. Its mission is to celebrate babies born with Down syndrome, to ensure that every new and expectant parent is provided resources and avenues of support within the community, and to educate medical providers on how to discuss the diagnosis in an unbiased way in hopes that the birth of a child with Down syndrome is celebrated like any other.

Carissa and Jack also joined the March for Life in an Instagram Takeover a few years ago. See the pictures here!

Thank you, Carissa, for being an advocate for Jack and kids and families with Down Syndrome!

2. Rick Smith

Rick is the father of two boys, with another on the way! His son Noah, has Down Syndrome, and since Noah’s birth, Rick has been a tireless advocate for his son and all individuals with Down Syndrome.

He runs an inspirational and informative blog, “Noah’s Dad.” We highly recommend one of his most shared posts, “What To Say To Someone Who Has Received A Down Syndrome Diagnosis.”

Rick, Noah, and family also joined us for an Instagram takeover this year. Check out the pictures here!

Thank you for all you do, Rick, for Noah and the Down Syndrome community!

3. Oakley Peterson

Oakley is mom to three precious children, including Welles who has Down Syndrome. She documents her life on the blog, “Nothing Down About It.” Her mission is to “encourage other mothers out there who are new to this situation. I was just there at the beginning and now offer you my support and love.” She further shares, “Our wonderful special children unite us with a unique bond and blessing and responsibility. Together we can shrug off stigmas and help people embrace the goodness of these angels among us! Together we can help all of our children realize their full potential.”

You can watch a short video about her family HERE.

Thank you, Oakley, for being a voice for Welles and all children with Down Syndrome!

Down Syndrome Awareness Month


The news out of Iceland that 100% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted is still fresh in our minds and raw in our hearts.

The sad truth of the matter is that Iceland is not preventing or eradicating anything but rather terminating nearly 100% of their babies who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, yesterday, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini talked with Dr. John Bruchalski, founder of Divine Mercy Care in Fairfax, Virginia about this tragedy.

During the Facebook Live session, Dr. Bruchaski and Will Waldron, Executive Director of Divine Mercy Care, also shared about an upcoming free lecture that the center is hosting, “Down Syndrome as a Pro-Life Cause.” The lecture will feature Madame Birthe Lejeune, wife of the renowned French physician and geneticist, Dr. Jerome Lejeune. Dr. Lejeune is credited with discovering the chromosomal cause of Down Syndrome. He devoted his life to promoting the dignity of individuals with Down Syndrome and opposing abortion for fetal abnormalities like Down Syndrome.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area and are interested in attending the event, click HERE for more information.

You can watch the full Facebook Live discussion below: