Join us at the March for Life Rally!

 

Today’s countdown to the 2018 March for Life is 46 days! Amidst the busy holiday season, we hope you are also making your preparations to join us in Washington, D.C. for the 45th Annual March for Life.

Today’s #MarchforLifeMonday tip is pretty simple – be sure to attend the March for Life rally, before the actual march begins! You’ll hear from pro-life leaders like March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and Pam Tebow. More speakers will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

>>>> Click HERE to watch inspiring speeches from past March for Life rallies.

Here are the details on the rally:

Friday, January 19, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
National Mall – 12th St. (between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive)
Washington, D.C.

*please note this is a different rally location from 2017, due to National Park Service regulations.

Prior to the rally, come and enjoy the musical performance by the award-winning artist Plumb! You won’t want to miss this inspirational and reflective time, a half hour prior to the start of the rally (11:30 a.m.).

We look forward to seeing you in January. Don’t forget to explore the March for Life website, download our Trip Planner, or download the March for Life app to assist with your trip-planning!

52 Days Away!

 

The 2018 March for Life is just 52 days away!

As we prepare for the 45th Annual March for Life, we need your help.

On this Giving Tuesday, will you make a gift to the March for Life?

Will you join us in our mission to end abortion across America?

In less than two months, we will gather in our nation’s capital to witness to the tragedy of 45 years of Roe v. Wade in our country. We expect more than one hundred thousand pro-life Americans to come to Washington, D.C. to proclaim the truth about life and that love saves lives.

But we need supporters like you to ensure that we are able to organize the world’s largest pro-life event, which has spurred similar events all across the country and the globe.

Will you make a donation to the March for Life this Giving Tuesday?

We want the world to know that we march for LIFE. We hope that you join us!

 

Thank you for your support!

Plumb to Headline 45th Annual March for Life Rally as Musical Guest

 

“Plumb’s music embodies an unparalleled message of hope and love that exemplifies this year’s theme: Love Saves Lives.” – Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March for Life is thrilled to announce that best-selling artist Plumb will be performing at the 45th annual March for Life rally on January 19th, 2018.

“We are delighted to have such an inspirational artist like Plumb join us this year. Plumb’s music embodies an unparalleled message of hope and love that exemplifies this year’s March for Life theme – Love Saves Lives,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life.

WATCH Plumb’s announcement here:

Throughout her decade-plus career as a songwriter, recording artist and author, Plumb has found success in a myriad of genres, selling over a half a million albums and millions of singles sold and streamed worldwide.  Her career achieved an incredible milestone with her prophetic, best-selling 2012 album NEED YOU NOW and corresponding memoir that chronicled the miraculous restoration of her marriage titled “Need You Now: A Story of Hope”.

These projects were followed by the 2015 breakout album EXHALE, a worshipful album of thanksgiving. Plumb released a 5 song EP “GOD HELP ME” on November 3, to be followed by a full-length album, new book and national headlining tour scheduled for early 2018. Plumb’s newly released single, “God Help Me” is currently climbing the radio charts, proclaiming that God is always with us, and he always listens.

March for Life Statement on Tax Plan

The March for Life released the following statement cheering today’s passage of a pro-life tax plan in the House.

“March for Life applauds the House of Representatives for passing a pro-life tax plan that takes key steps towards recognizing the dignity of all human life. We are heartened to see this bill promote the personhood of an unborn child via an education savings plan that begins prior to birth, and see this as a huge stride toward expanding the child tax credit to recognize life beginning at conception. Additionally, we are pleased that the adoption tax credit, an integral aspect of pro-life policy, has been retained for the heroic families whose love saves lives when they choose to adopt.” – Tom McClusky, Vice President of Government Affairs for March for Life

3 things for you to do…

Dear Bethany,

One message was loud and clear on Tuesday. Radical abortion advocacy lost.

We applaud candidates that took a strong pro-life stand on the most critical human rights issue of today, abortion. America has a pro-life consensus and the time to act is upon us!

Here at the March for Life, we look forward to working with our pro-life Congress to fulfill President-elect Trump’s campaign promises to ensure pro-life Supreme Court justices, pro-life public policies, and to defund America’s primary abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

But we can’t achieve pro-life victories in Congress or in our culture without you.
Here are 3 things that you can do right now:

1. Sign up for the 2017 March for Life.

2. Invest in the work of the March for Life.

  • We have already begun strategizing with leaders on Capitol Hill on pro-life policy priorities. Your financial support will enable our experienced staff to take the lead in ensuring long-awaited pro-life victories like codifying the Hyde Amendment and defunding Planned Parenthood. Click HERE to donate.

3. Most importantly, get out and volunteer in your community.

March Forth: The Original Pro-Life Feminists

GUEST BLOG POST BY  Serrin Foster

For Women’s History Month, Feminists for Life President Serrin M. Foster illuminates our pro-life feminist history and context for the March for Life.

I am often asked by students if abortion is necessary for women to achieve equality in the work place. Absolutely not.

All people are equal. All choices are not.

Consider for a moment all the landmark reforms that our feminist foremothers, who opposed slavery and abortion, achieved in their struggle for equality in the last half of the 19th century.

In a peaceful revolution led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton,  women won the right to keep their own earnings, sign contracts, sit on a jury, testify on their own behalf, to secure a divorce if a husband drank the family’s income away or physically abused his wife (the courts did not recognize marital rape) and share custody of their children. When these two feminist foremothers were born, women were not admitted to college. By the time suffragists successfully argued admission to colleges and universities, they started down the path to equal opportunities in the workplace.

Even less well known, anti-abortion laws enacted in the latter half of the 19th century were a result of the advocacy efforts by feminists who worked in an uneasy alliance with the male-dominated medical profession and the mainstream media.

Abortion was common in their day. The early feminists understood that, much like today, women resorted to abortion because they were abandoned or coerced by boyfriends, husbands or parents and lacked the financial resources to have a child on their own.

Susan B. Anthony urged the movement to address the root causes that drove women to abortion. Elizabeth Cady Stanton called abortion “child murder” and compared it to neonatal infanticide. The first woman to run for president of the United States, Victoria Woodhull, declared that “the rights of children, then as individuals, begin yet while they yet remain the foetus.”

The same women who fought for the rights of slaves to be free and women to vote also fought for our right to life.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton passed the torch to two more generations before women’s suffrage—their most cherished goal—was realized. By the time the struggle ended, women had suffered greatly for what too many today take for granted—or sadly, don’t exercise at all.

In March of 1913, a young suffragist named Alice Paul organized a magnificent pageant to parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the very same route taken by millions of pro-lifers over the years for the March for Life. Women dressed all in white were led by New York attorney Inez Milholand Boissevain  , who was dressed like Joan of Arc on a white horse. At the end of the parade women were pulled off their horses, grabbed by jeering men as police stood by smirking. By the time the cavalry had been brought in to restore order, 100 people were hospitalized—but not one man had been arrested.

Later, a perpetual delegation of dignified, silent, peaceful protesters was organized by Paul to hold vigil outside the White House. Angry men tore their banners down. Alice Paul was knocked to the ground by a sailor and dragged down the street. 

Another man tore a woman’s blouse off in order to remove her purple and yellow suffrage sash as the police looked on. Later the women were arrested and forced to remove all their clothing—one by one—in front of a company of men, and incarcerated for days, weeks, or months at time. They were fed infested food and rotting horsemeat. Their mail was cut off and they were made to perform hard labor. They were terrorized by the guards; one was tossed like a doll headfirst into their prison cells and rendered unconscious. One political prisoner was left handcuffed above the cell door all night long.

Women became more resolved than ever to win the vote—and men in ever increasing numbers began to support the fight for women’s suffrage.

Alice Stokes Paul was successful in her efforts to advocate passage of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed American women’s right to vote. It became law on August 18, 1920.

Paul was also the author of the original Equal Rights Amendment which was unsuccessful largely because abortion advocates linked equal rights to abortion, a notion that Paul found inconsistent. “We had been trying, you know, to get our equal rights platform in, and we had an extremely difficult time, extremely difficult, because all the women’s liberation [supporters] wanting to put in all these other things.” When asked what she thought about abortion, Paul replied, “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”

Paul told Pat Goltz, (who had been expelled from a NOW meeting in Ohio for passing out anti-abortion literature and cofounded Feminists for Life of America a year before Roe v. Wade), that the early American feminists were pro-life too. So FFL historians set out to research and reveal the anti-abortion sentiments of our foremothers and we have been sharing our original documentation ever since.

The legacy of Alice Paul lives on today as we share our rich pro-life feminist history and march forth in support of women and children who deserve better than abortion.

©2014 Serrin M. Foster, President, Feminists for Life of America

Serrin Foster celebrates her 20th anniversary leading Feminists for Life of America on 4.4.14. She is the creator of the Women Deserve Better® than Abortion campaign. Her speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” has been recognized as a one of the Great Speeches in History in an anthology called “Women’s Rights.” Read more about our rich pro-life feminist history on Feminists for Life’s website www.feministsforlife.org and Facebook page www.facebook.com/feministsforlife.

 

We Marched. Now What?

by Laura Peredo, student at Benedictine College

Note: Benedictine College’s Ravens for Life held the March for Life banner to lead the march this year.

Coming back from the March for Life is kind of like coming home after a church retreat. But instead of being on a Jesus high, you’re on a saving babies high. And that is awesome. There is no better time than NOW to be excited about joining the pro-life generation in defending and promoting a greater culture of life here in America.

After being in one city with hundreds of thousands of people who also believe in the sanctity of life, I am encouraged and inspired to continue exposing and being a witness to the beauty of each life. To see so many people who are willing to stand in frigid temperatures? It was incredible. And my college was given the honor of leading the march this year, which made it even more unique and inspiring.

Like all the marches and rallies I’ve been to before, it made me think about why I march. Why is that? It’s because I believe mothers, fathers, children, families, and our society deserve better than abortion. But marching is not enough. We’ve got to harness the excitement we all have about being pro-life right now and channel it into constructive ways to bring the end of abortion closer.

Everyone can get involved in promoting life in one way or another. We’re not called to do everything, but we’re all called to do something. And the time is now.

Here are some ways you can start the end to abortion today:

1. Post about your experience at the March for Life on social media.

Have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or blogging account? Use them! Tell your friends about how awesome it was to stand up for what you believe in, and be able to answer questions they might respond with.

2. Get educated.

We’re not credible if we don’t know what we’re talking about. Read pro-life books (here are some ideas to get started) and articles. Stay up to date on current life issues too! One way to do that is by signing up for a Google alert daily email to send you headlines about abortion.

3. Get involved with your local pregnancy center.

Are you good with excel, or have mad organization skills? Pregnancy centers are always in need of your help! Try a quick online search or go here to find one near you.

4. Start or get involved with an already existing pro-life ministry at your high school, college, or church.

No matter where you are in your life, there’s some place you could bless with a pro-life ministry. Maybe you’re being called to start an Embrace Grace chapter for moms in your area, or maybe your school needs some help starting a club. There are lots of resources (like Students for Life high school and college!) for you to start a club, so get friends together and start with some of the activities on this list!

5. Get outside your local abortion clinic.

In a recent interview I watched with Abby Johnson (a former Planned Parenthood worker), she said that when people are outside praying the no-show rate for appointments would go up to 75% at her clinic. Now if that isn’t motivation enough, I don’t know what is! Just praying can make a world of difference, or even host a candle light vigil. You can also increase your impact outside clinics by being trained in sidewalk counseling and having a mobile ultrasound unit to offer concrete support to families.

6. Fundraise or host a dr
ive for a local life affirming organization.

The possibilities are endless: a diaper drive, banquet fundraiser, baby shower for new moms, or baby bottle coin collection. One thing you could do is stand outside a local store (like Target or Walmart) and as people walk is ask them to support your organization by purchasing an item on a list you give to them. This is an easy way to get people involved. Just be sure to check with the management of the store so they know what you’re doing.

7. Pass out life affirming literature in public places.

Order Live Action’s Advocate magazine or a variety of other literature, grab a few friends and get on the streets engaging your community. Just be prepared to answer basic arguments people may bring up!

8. Wear pro-life gear.

You never know what impact it might have or the conversations it could start. Heritage HousePro-Life Depot, and And Then There Were None all have great options.

9. Get ready for the next 40 Days for Life campaign.

It starts on March 5. Get your community ready!

10. Host a pro-life movie night.

40 is a great new pro-life film you can bring to your community. Also try hosting October Baby, or going as a group to see Gimme Shelter.

There’s so much more we can do to promote life, and these are just a few ideas (Have more ideas? Share them in the comments!). More than anything, though, I encourage you to be a witness in your everyday life to those around you, because that is more powerful than any sign holding event could be. There’s a quote I read from Madeleine L’Engle recently that goes like this:

“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”

Be that light.

This article first appeared at Live Action News and is reprinted with permission.

About Laura Peredo

Laura, a sophomore Business Management major at Benedictine College, joined the pro-life movement a few years ago, and has been actively defending life ever since. In her ‘free time’ she enjoys reading about current life and faith issues, writing about them, and having debates about them. She loves her big family, summertime, Catholic memes, babies, and inspiring stories about people who defy the odds against them. Laura plans to devote the rest of her life to defending life through the work of pregnancy resource centers.

2015 Event Details

March for Life Rally 

The annual March for Life Rally is from noon-1pm on Thursday, January 22, 2015 and as customary, will be on the National Mall.  The March begins immediately after the Rally and follow its route up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill.

Download our Planning Guide with Checklist and Frequently Asked Questions:

March for Life Planning Guide


Hotel Information

We are excited to announce our new host hotel — THE RENAISSANCE DC DOWNTOWN HOTEL!

Click HERE for information on Hotel Reservations for the 2015 March for Life.


Rose Dinner

The Annual March for Life Rose Dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel on Thursday, January 22, 2015.  The Cocktail hour will begin at 6PM with Dinner starting at 7PM.  Tickets will be available in September for this event; however, information about sponsorship of the Rose Dinner is available HERE. 


Exhibitor Show 

The March for Life Exhibitor Show is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.  The Exhibitor Show is an opportunity for Marchers to learn about pro-life organizations and ministries, and for pro-life organizations to share information about their organization and network with attendees of the March for Life and related events.  

The Exhibitor Show will be held all day on Wednesday and Thursday, January 21 and 22, 2015 in the Congressional Hall at the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel.  Exhibitor Registration is now open.  Click here for more information. 


Youth Rally 

The Youth Rally will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel.  It will be held from 2-5PM and doors will open at 1:30PM.  Registration for this event is free of charge and will open in early September 2014.  This event will sell out quickly so please register early. 


The Law Conference

The March for Life Law Conference will be held in the morning on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel.  Check back for more details in August. 


March for Life 5K Run/Walk

Information about the 2015 March for Life 5K will be available later this year.  Click HERE for a recap of the rescheduled 2014 5K.


March for Life Journal 

The March for Life  Journal, previously known as the Annual Report, is a publication available each January by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund.  The Journal provides pro-life resources based on the theme of the March for Life, a history of the March, and also acts as a program for all official events of the annual March.  Information about advertising in the 2015 Journal can be found HERE.


 

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Why We March – Silent No More

Guest Blog Post by Georgette Forney

As we gear up for the annual March for Life in DC, someone inevitably asks me why I do this every year, especially when we typically march in freezing temperatures.

I think different people march for different reasons, so there is not one simple answer, but I march in honor of those who have died because of abortion.

I march for the 56 million babies who have died by abortion, including my baby.

When I am marching, walking alongside other folks from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, I am honoring the life of my unborn child, Elizabeth (the name I gave her at the memorial service held at the end of the abortion healing program I attended) and they are honoring their children’s lives as well.

When I was 16 years old and found out I was pregnant, I didn’t consciously acknowledge or know that every life is created by God and has purpose. It was all about me and how a child would ruin my future hopes and dreams.

Now I understand every life has value and every aborted baby is a loss for parents, family, and society.  My selfishness denied my daughter her personhood, her purpose, her dreams, and her achievements. It was when I finally acknowledged her real-ness and wept for what I missed out on that my healing and restoration began. Grieving for her opened the doors of my heart, my tears came with the reality of what I lost.

I also march for all the women who should be marching with us but cannot do so.

Some women won’t ever march with us because they have died from abortion or suicide afterwards.  In the US, 31% of women suffer from health complications after their abortions.[i]  Additionally, suicide rates among women who have had abortions are six times higher that women who have given birth.[ii]  

Some women can’t march with us because they are dealing with physical complications, while others struggle from emotional complications.  Women who have had abortions are 65% more likely to be at risk of long-term clinical depression than women who gave birth.[iii]  Finally, there are many still locked in silence, afraid of judgment, bearing shame and guilt, feeling alone, and unsure if anyone cares.

I march because I want these women to know I care, and there is an organized group of us who care. We carry signs that bear the truth “I Regret My Abortion,” and we share testimonies that explain the reality of abortion and the hope and healing we have found. We march to offer help, and we march to show the world that abortion has consequences—real children who died, real parents and families who suffer, and real people who want the world to know the truth.

 


[i] VM Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 10 (10): SR5-16, 2004.

[ii] M. Gissler et. al., “Injury deaths, suicides, and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459-63, 2005.

[iii] JR Cougle, DC Rearden & PK Coleman, “Depression Associated with Abortion and Childbirth: A Long-Term Analysis of the NLSY Cohort,” Medical Science Monitor 9(4):CR 105-112, 2003.