The March for Life is a sign of unity in a society that is riddled with division. The March for Life is a time for hope and strength, when hundreds of thousands gather in our nation’s capital to stand for the lives of the unborn. January 22, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that along with an accompanying ruling in Doe v. Bolton, allowed abortion on demand in all 50 states. More than 500 thousand people gathered to March and witness to the value and dignity of every human life.
This unified statement stands in contrast with the division we see almost everywhere in society. The 113th Congress was the “least productive” in recent history in terms of the number of bills that became law (though legislating for the sake of legislating is a step backward if bad bills become law). Examples of division abound in our culture. The issue of abortion is itself divisive, but the tide is turning and America is becoming increasingly pro-life.
What could be more divisive than the physical separation of a child from his or her mother when developing in the safety of the womb during an abortion? As the Gospel of John 17:20-24 tells us, Christ’s prayer for the world was that we would “all be one,” as He and the Father are one. Why? He wants to give us the glory which the Father has given Him.
It helps prevent numbness to the great evil that is abortion from setting in. And, since the society’s position on abortion is a matter of life or death, there is no room for silence in this debate. The March for Life is our yearly loud speaker. It’s an ideal opportunity to increase awareness of the evils and dangers of abortion – to women, children, families, the economy, and society as a whole – drawing strength from one another as we march.
The location this year will be on the National Mall between 7th & 9th Streets, the same place as last year. The rally will begin at 12:00 PM and continue until about 1:30 PM, followed immediately by the March. Please dispose of your trash properly. Use the receptacles on the mall. If you can’t find a receptacle, or if the receptacles are full, please take your trash with you—do not leave it on top of, or on the ground next to, a full trash can. Do not leave trash anywhere on the mall where someone else will have to pick it up.
The March will begin immediately after the rally and follow its customary route up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill. If you are returning to the Hyatt Regency or Union Station upon completion of the March, please continue past the Supreme Court building, turn left on East Capitol Street and left again on 2nd Street. That will allow you to proceed to your destination without going against the flow of marchers who are still arriving at the Supreme Court. Please do not leave your signs, or trash of any kind, on the streets or anywhere along the route of the March. Take it with you to your destination and dispose of it properly.
Sorry, our hotel blocks are closed. We can add you to a waiting list in case additional rooms come available. Our rooms are at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, and at the Washington Court Hotel across the street from the Hyatt. The rate at both hotels is $173 plus tax for a total of $198.09 per night. We also have some information on other hotels in downtown Washington and in the Virginia suburbs. Hotels in the suburbs are located near subway lines and are significantly less expensive than downtown locations. Please send your inquiry to MarcherRooms@aol.com.
The Rose Dinner will be held on the evening of January 25, 2013, the same day as the March for Life. Our keynote speaker will be announced as soon as possible. The social hour will begin at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. More information will be posted on our website as soon as it becomes available. Tickets are $85. You can click on the Rose Dinner button in the upper left corner of the home page and follow the links to purchase tickets on line. On-line ticket sales will end mid-day on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $100.
The MARCH FOR LIFE Youth Rally will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013, in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency hotel, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Access speakers schedule and additional information for the youth rally. Tickets are not required. There is no cost to participate.
Law of Life Summit
The Law of Life Summit “3” will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency hotel, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. It is being presented by Ave Maria School of Law in cooperation with the MARCH FOR LIFE Education and Defense Fund. There is no cost to participate but space is limited, Law of Life Summit registration.
Information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.
MARCH FOR LIFE Exhibit Hall: The Exhibit Hall will be located on the lower lobby level of the Hyatt Regency hotel. The hours of operation are 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Thursday, January 24, 2013; and from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and approximately 3:00 PM (following the March) until 6:00 PM on Friday, January 25, 2013.
Tour Bus Information: The following links should answer most of your questions.
The closest Metro Stations to the Rally site are Smithsonian and L’Enfant Plaza.
The Inaugural Nellie Gray 5K (January 26, 2013)
The Inaugural MARCH FOR LIFE 5K will be held at 8:00 AM on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in West Potomac Park, Washington, DC. The event is hosted by the National LIFE Runners Team. Check out related events for more information.
March for Life Annual Report Messages
Please download this form. You can place messages through the website, or by fax or mail. Deadline has been extended to January 3, 2013.
National Prayer Vigil, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Knowing that no sound action can grow out of a vacuum of purpose, MARCH FOR LIFE formulated the Life Principles as a forthright, comprehensive statement of the position motivating the prolife movement. These Life Principles serve as the basis for prolife moral and legal theory by which the American people can overturn Roe v.Wade.
These Life Principles express the ideals motivating prolife Americans and indicate the purpose of the MARCH FOR LIFE:
We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all human beings are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which is the right to life, and Therefore
The right to life of each human being shall be preserved and protected by every human being in the society and by the society as a whole, and
The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from that human being’s biological beginning when the Father’s sperm fertilizes the Mother’s ovum, and
The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from the biological beginning throughout the natural continuum of that human being’s life by all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts, and
The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected at each stage of the life continuum to the same extent as at each and every other stage regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and
The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as the life of each and every other human being regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and
When there is any doubt that there exists a human being’s life to preserve and protect, such doubt shall be resolved In favor of the existence of a human being, and
When two or more human beings are in a situation in which their lives are mutually endangered, all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts shall be used to preserve and protect the life of each and every human being so endangered:
WHEREFORE, Pursuant To These Principles, we recommend and urge the adoption of a Mandatory HUMAN LIFE AMENDMENT to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Applying the Life Principles
Realizing that no sound action can grow out of a vacuum of purpose, in 1974 the MARCH FOR LIFE formulated and included in its charter of incorporation, the Life Principles, as shown above. Purposefully, the Life Principles are not framed in the negative tone of “thou shalt not,” and are framed in the positive tone of duty and responsibility of each human being and of society. The Life Principles are set in the context of our Declaration of Independence—that the right to life is inalienable and endowed by our Creator. If this basic right is weakened, all other rights are meaningless, as disparagement of the value and dignity of human beings will then permeate our society’s mentality and the Laws of our Land—contrary to our common good.
It is the duty of each individual and of society operating through its laws to provide protection for each member of the society. This follows the basic homicide laws of the common law that society protects a member from assault and death. The protection shall extend from the beginning of each human being’s life – acknowledged to be when the father’s sperm fertilizes the mother’s ovum – and throughout the natural continuum of that human being’s life.
All available ordinary means and reasonable efforts shall be used to preserve and protect human life. This would be determined on a case-by-case basis; it is ordinary in our practice of law to consider the facts of each case.
No value distinction may be made in determining the worth and dignity of any human being. Thus, the life of an individual as a preborn child shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as at any other stage of that individual’s life, whether infant, teenager, or aged.
Similarly, no value distinction shall be made between the value of the life of one individual and of another; the life of a preborn child shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as the life of, e.g., an infant, a young adult or a middle-aged prominent national figure. In summary, each human being’s life shall be preserved and protected, using all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts, without regard to whose life it is “better” to presence and protect. There can be no exceptions.
If there is any doubt whether or not a human being exists, then society and any individual resolves that doubt in favor of action which will preserve and protect a human life. A woman unsure of whether she is pregnant, for instance, would not use an abortifacient, which could kill her preborn child who may be in her womb. This follows the simple practice that one does not shoot a bullet into a blind area which may be occupied by a human being.If the lives of two human beings are mutually endangered, use all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts to preserve and protect the life of each and every human being so endangered. Even with these efforts and means, one human being’s life may be lost, or all may be lost. But, the guiding principles are that no innocent human may be intentionally killed in an effort to save another human, and that it shall not be predetermined by law that one human life may be sacrificed to save the life of another human. Any decision about who may be saved must be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the total circumstances, and trying to save as many humans as possible. With respect to a difficult pregnancy, the principle of “equal care for both the pregnant mother and her preborn child” is well established. Although a pregnant mother and/or her preborn child may die, there is no justification in the law of God or man for the intentional killing of even one innocent born or preborn human in existence at fertilization. NO EXCEPTION! NO COMPROMISE!
With these Life Principles in mind, the MARCH FOR LIFE is the collective effort of grassroots prolife Americans to assure that our state and federal laws shall protect the right to life of each human in existence at fertilization. An important step is adoption of a Mandatory Human Life Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Such an amendment would be simple and require that individuals and society provide protection for the right to life of each human in existence at fertilization. It would require that State laws conform to the Constitution and provide the same protection. Thus, the Life Principles provide guidance and purpose to the grassroots prolife volunteers in our efforts to be effective through our education and action programs.
March For Life Board Is Committed to Ensuring a Continuation of Nellie Gray’s Legacy
The Board of Directors of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, which organizes and runs the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, met on August 14, 2012, and approved a transition plan that will continue the legacy and vision of their former President, Nellie J .Gray, who passed away last week. In a unanimous decision, the Board of Directors elected board member Patrick E. Kelly as Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors and board member Jeanne F. Monahan as Interim President. Mr. Kelly and Ms. Monahan will guide the day-to-day operations of the March for Life and ensure the continuation of the vision of its founder, Nellie Gray.
Mr. Kelly serves as Vice President for Public Policy for the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, where he is responsible for matters relating to public policy, legislation, and government affairs. He has over twenty-five years of distinguished military and government service, which has included work in the U.S. State Department, the Justice Department, and on staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Captain in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps Reserve, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor from Marquette University and a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.
Ms. Monahan is the Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she is an expert on life issues and is a regular media contributor on issues related to the dignity of human life. Previously, Ms. Monahan served in various capacities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A life-long advocate for life, Ms. Monahan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University and a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.
“Patrick and Jeanne are fantastic and intelligent leaders in the prolife movement who will continue the great legacy set forth by Nellie Gray,” said Terrence Scanlon, who has served as Vice President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund for more than two decades.
The 40th March for Life will be held on the National Mall on January 25, 2013.
Grateful Response to Marchers for Life. Nellie is Fine!
Washington, DC (January 25, 2008) – Grateful Response to Marchers for Life. Thank you for your concern and many inquiries about the condition of Nellie Gray after her fall on the MARCH FOR LIFE stage on January 22, 2008.
Nellie descibes the incident like this: “I tripped over a piece of the sound equipment, which pulled my footing out so forcefully that I felt as if I were airborne. There was nothing for me to grab hold of and nothing to break my fall. My glasses fell off. The full weight of my body was thrown head-first atop my glasses, which shattered and cut my forehead seriously. I did not lose consciousness, my vision is still fine, and the broken glass did not get into my eyes.”
The emergency medical team closed the wound with eleven stitches and reported that there appears to be no broken or fractured bones. The stitches will be removed in a few days. Even though I shall have a bruised head and cheek for awhile, I am feeling fine.”
The MARCH FOR LIFE Fund Board of Directors is grateful to be able to make this positive report. We know that this good news is due to the help of your many prayers, the good work of many prolifers who were at the scene, and the good work of the emergency medics. Thank you again for your concern and your prayers. Nellie is back at her desk.