Snow Will Not Stop Friday’s March for Life


January 21, 2016
CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Annual Event on National Mall Moving Ahead as Scheduled

Washington, D.C. —  The March for Life Education & Defense Fund announced today that the 43rd annual event is scheduled as planned. The March has gone on through rain, snow, sub-freezing temperatures and more as the solemn day of the anniversary of Roe vs.Wade and will do so again tomorrow. While weather reports indicate a major snow storm barring down on the nation’s capital late in the afternoon, the event starting on the national mall at noon Friday will not be cancelled.

“Tens of thousands of people from across the country have traveled to Washington for this massive event and we ask participants to use their best judgement as to whether they should come in person or watch on TV,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life.  “We are very concerned for people’s safety and want everyone to be cautious.  However, the pro-life community is also concerned for the safety and well-being of the innocent, unborn in the womb. This movement to end abortion in this country is bigger than us and it is bigger than a weather event. This is a cause that is worth our best efforts and dedication, despite difficult circumstances.”

This year’s March for Life Rally on Capitol Hill will begin at 12:00 noon on January 22 near the Washington Monumen and will feature a diverse line-up of speakers including leaders in business, government, athletics and the arts. Featured speakers including businesswoman Carly Fiorina, former Baltimore Raven and Super Bowl Champion Matt Birk, and US Senator Joni Ernst, among many others.

The March Rally at noon at 14th and Constitution Avenue, and through social media using the hashtag #WhyWeMarch.” EWTN Global Catholic Television Network will be broadcasting live and providing full coverage of the March, which can be streamed online for any who cannot attend.

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.  The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.

Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund is available for commentary. This year’s march will be open to the press, and radio shows hoping to participate should RSVP by contacting Ryan Hughes at or (703) 739-5920.


  • Manuel Paleologus

    Since I will not be able to attend the great rally for Life in Washington DC, I will be praying for each of you.
    Fr. Manuel

  • Rethink This

    This is a reckless decision full of hubris that will put more lives in danger than it will save. When we had less than an inch of snow, there were over 160 accidents related to the weather. With forecasters calling for up to 30 inches, that will be an order of magnitude worse! The DC area simply does NOT have the infrastructure to prepare for such storms.
    They are calling for whiteout conditions.
    Thousands have come, but thousands more have already taken safety into account and cancelled their treks to DC. You REALLY need to reconsider your decision to NOT cancel the March- There are people who will put their lives in danger because of the negligence of this decision.
    Please, for the sake of the lives of the marchers, for the sake of the lives of those who would be on the roads with the marchers leaving-

    • Bro

      It’s going to be ok………people have survived live in snowy environments for all of history……

    • materetmagistra

      @”There are people who will put their lives in danger because of the negligence of this decision.”

      Huh? Then aren’t they being negligent themselves regarding their own safety?? I’ll trust that people can make appropriate decisions for themselves.

    • tm17

      God has spoken.

    • newportson

      The March will be over as the snow just begins. Have no fear. The LORD Himself Will fight for you.

    • Kathleen Burke

      I marched during the 1987 blizzard. No one died.

    • Buzz Francis Johnstone

      No … the reckless decision is your chicken-sh** candy-a** gutless response Pro-Murderer….

      • Rethink This

        Excuse me but I am pro life- I actually WORK for a pro life organization. I just think that this was a reckless decision that put people in danger, and stranded people. There is no need for name calling

  • Geri Wessels Pridgen

    Pray for all who will be there

    • Aalaysia

      My daughters school went from Ohio they left early to beat the snow. 😳

  • Joseph Ruggiero

    Awesome, I tried to organize a trip down but didn’t get enough interested participants. However, I will continue to support your organization and pro-life efforts. God Bless you all today as you stand up for the voiceless….

    • Aalaysia

      My daughters school made the trip from Ohio but had to leave early due to the snow. What a disappointment.

  • john archibald

    I think this is a judgement from your creator. The locals certainly don’t want you here.
    Gloves and warm shoes the subway is shut down looool

  • NCOriolesFan

    For the critics of the decision to march on; abortions take place no matter the time or weather so why not the march. To march or not is a matter of perspective. STAY SAFE everyone and be the VOICE for the VOICELESS.

  • Fritz von Fleckenstein

    I think you are going to be responsible for some of the marchers dying if you want to take them into the middle of a blizzard. I can’t believe that the organizers would be so reckless and irresponsible.

    Fritz in DC