We Won’t Stop Marching

 

The 2018 March for Life was an historic and beautiful day. 

President Trump and Vice President Pence addressed Marchers from a satellite rally in the White House Rose Garden. We also heard from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and many cultural leaders and pro-life generation speakers who shared their personal stories about our 2018 March for Life theme “love saves lives.”

>>>> Watch the full rally HERE.

And we marched! Over one hundred thousand strong marched through the streets of D.C. to the Capitol and United States Supreme Court to ask for protections for the unborn and to peacefully protest the human rights abuse of abortion.

>>>> See incredible pictures from the march HERE.

The Supreme Court is where the March for Life began.

Forty-five years ago  — on January 22nd, 1973 — seven men on the United States Supreme Court handed a decision to our country that would forever change history with Roe v. Wade and the expansion of abortion to all 50 states.

The March for Life began the following year, with a small group of concerned citizens, led by Nellie Gray, organizing a march in Washington, D.C. to to give witness to the unjust decision and to proclaim the truth that love saves lives.

Tragically, over the past 45 years, abortion has claimed the lives of over 60 million Americans.

This is “why we march.” Watch the video we showed at the 45th annual March for Life on Friday –>>

We march for life-saving love. We march to end abortion – and we will. 

The 2018 March for Life may be over, but our work for the year is just beginning.

>>>> To sign up for our 2018 monthly action alerts, click HERE. 

Thank you for being part of this historic movement to end the human rights abuse of abortion. 

45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump to Address 45th Annual March for Life Live from the White House via Satellite on January 19th, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Kate Bryan – [email protected]; 703.683.5004 x1136

Mari Buttarazzi – [email protected]; 703.683.5004 x1120

Megan Wilburn – [email protected]; 703.683.5004 x1106

 

“Since his first day in office, President Trump has remained steadfast on his campaign promises to the pro-life cause and has actively worked to protect the unborn…We welcome our 45th President, Donald Trump, to the 45th annual March for Life.” – Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The March for Life is honored to announce that the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, will address the 45th annual March for Life live from the White House Rose Garden via satellite on January 19th, 2018. President Donald Trump will be the first sitting US president to address the event via satellite from the White House in the March for Life’s 45-year history.

“We are most grateful to announce that President Donald Trump will address the 45th annual March for Life from The White House via satellite on Friday January 19th. Since his first day in office, President Trump has remained steadfast on his campaign promises to the pro-life cause and has actively worked to protect the unborn,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life.

“Over the past year, the Trump administration has significantly advanced pro-life policy, and it is with great confidence that, under his leadership, we expect to see other pro-life achievements in the years to come. We welcome our 45th President, Donald Trump, to the 45th annual March for Life.”

President Donald Trump will headline this year’s lineup of pro-life leaders speaking at the March for Life, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Pam Tebow, Matt and Adrianna Birk, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Bishop Vincent Matthews Jr., and Sister Bethany Madonna.

Over one hundred thousand Americans are expected to travel from across the country to our nation’s capital for this year’s March for Life, a demonstration that stands against the greatest human rights violation of our time – abortion-on-demand. The theme of this year’s March for Life is “Love Saves Lives”, embodying the true spirit and mission of the pro-life movement by enlisting the power of love to empower others to choose life.

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY

The 45th Annual March for Life

“Love Saves Lives”

 

What: The 45th Annual March for Life

When: January 19th, 2018

MFL Rally – starts at 11:20am ET *featuring musical guest Plumb and speakers listed below

March for Life – starts at 1:00pm ET (directly after the rally concludes)

Where: MFL Rally –  12th St. on the National Mall, between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive

March for Life – Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets, ends at steps of Supreme Court

Who: Confirmed speakers include:

  • President of the United States Donald J. Trump
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan
  • Pam Tebow, mother former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow
  • Matt Birk, former NFL player, and wife Adrianna Birk
  • U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
  • U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL)
  • U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)
  • Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sisters of Life
  • Bishop Vincent Matthews Jr., President of the International Missions Department of the Church of God in Christ

Additional March for Life Events: *all events listed below will be hosted at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20001*

Jan. 18th, 2018:

  • MFL Conference and Expo, 9:00AM – 12:00PM ET. Speakers include keynote speaker Stephanie Gray (Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform), moderator Kathryn Jean Lopez (National Review Online), Kelly Rosati (Focus on the Family), Tim Saccoccia (Knights of Columbus), Moira Gaul (Charlotte Lozier Institute)
  • MFL Youth Rally, 2:00PM – 4:00PM ET. Speakers include musical guest The Restless, Jeanne Mancini (March for Life), Andrew Wood (Hope Resource Center), Bryan Kemper (Stand True Pro-Life Outreach), Katie Yoder (Media Research Center), Casey Mattox (Alliance Defending Freedom), Anna Allgaier (Students for Life), Kara Sorenson (Feminists for Life), Tom McClusky (March for Life Action), Christina Marie Bennett (Family Institute of Connecticut)

Jan. 19th, 2018:

  • 36th Annual Rose Dinner, 7:00pm ET. Keynote Speaker is Pam Tebow.

For more information on events and details, visit http://marchforlife.org/ and follow March for Life on TwitterFacebook and InstagramPlease send your RSVP and/or questions to one of the following contacts –

 

Kate Bryan – [email protected]; 703.683.5004 x1136

Mari Buttarazzi – [email protected]; 703.683.5004 x1120

Megan Wilburn – [email protected]; 703.683.5004 x1106

My First Time at March For Life – and Why I Encourage You to Go This Year!

 

Guest blog post by Liana Campanella

The crowds that made up the March for Life in January 2017 truly surprised me as a newcomer. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but whatever I had in my head, the reality proved far, far better.

I had heard about the March for Life since I was in middle school. It seemed like a nice thing nice people did, but I never participated. On the rare occasions it was covered in the news I consumed, it was the same old, same old story. I never really imagined myself in the crowd, although I am and always have been pro-life.  Yet in 2017, a series of events in my life led me to book a train ticket, bundle up, and see for myself. There will never be enough words to express how thankful I am that I did.

The reality is that the recycled stock photos and reworked copy that circle the news rooms of our country, then come flying at us as “the latest” could never tell the true story of this March. The broad brush with which society tries to paint “pro-lifers” turned out to be nothing more than a fabrication, and a boring, trivial one at that compared to the vibrant, inspiring reality. Here is a brief account of what I experienced, much of it to my surprise.

One of the first things that I noticed was that these crowds were certainly not just women, nor were they simply “men, women, and children.” I met and shared a great 8 or so hours with thousands of individuals representing most, if not all, of our 50 States.  Quite frankly, I lost track around the 20th state someone mentioned they were from, as I attempted to get a grasp on the significance of all those people traveling all those miles without any recognition or reimbursement. I live just an hour from the Mall, but some people took buses through the night or, in some cases, for days, while others rode their Harleys, and quite a few that I talked to even flew.

This truly eclectic group was comprised of Washingtonians, immigrants from around the world, and extended families who traveled from multiple places to meet on the Mall and celebrate life together. In the crowd there were new parents, expectant mothers, and grieving parents. Biological fathers who were not allowed a say in the abortion of their children held heart-wrenching signs, quietly sharing their stories that society overwhelmingly silences, and one particularly memorable group of adoptive fathers was constantly engaged in rounding up a gaggle of the young kids they chose to love and parent. Grandparents, great-grandparents and lifelong friends stood together united in love and hope for all the generations represented.

Several in the crowds – as well as one of the speakers – spoke in one or more of the five languages I could understand, which was thrilling to hear. Countless others created a beautiful chorus of languages around me that I couldn’t even place. Some wore boots and others went barefoot – yes, barefoot in January! – but we all marched in the same direction, our different words conveying the same meaning.

There were tattooed bikers and vanity-glasses wearing hipsters alongside soccer moms pushing strollers. Teachers, politicians, business owners, entrepreneurs, and artists bumped into me (or perhaps vice versa in some cases – it really was packed), and we briefly got to know one another. Several wheelchairs made their way through the crowds.  At least one of the individuals seated in them was recommended to be aborted about two decades ago to parents who clearly were fearless, dedicated, and full of love and compassion. They were also right: he was a blessing, a joy to be around, a benefit to society in spite of – and, I would even venture, because of – his disability.

Strangers protected children who got separated from their parents as if they were their own until the families could be reunited. There were plenty of teens and young adults representing their schools, sports teams, marching bands, choirs, youth groups and other organizations. Some of them were just goofy, maybe a bit sheepish or a bit of a showoff as they seek out their social footing among their peers, but who reminded those of us who have been in “the real world” for quite some time that life is a funny, beautiful, unpredictable thing – and that we can often value it even more in retrospect, given the chance. More importantly, they reminded us that every voice counts no matter the age of the speaker. We’re all in this together.

I watched a teenager pick up fallen cash and return it to the owner, a stranger whom the teen treated like a friend. I met people of various faiths and had some really fantastic conversations as I walked alongside clergymen who devote their lives to promoting beliefs that, quite frankly, I don’t share in the least. I met people who claim to have no religious affiliation or personal faith and they were not at all offended by my Christian views. In other words, I met the real people of my country and my world, not their carefully-edited, painfully narrow, and utterly fallacious stereotypes.

When I offered to help a woman struggling with her rolling bags, I met one of the most incredible and resilient human beings I think I may ever have the privilege to meet in this lifetime. (Diane B., if this ever happens to get to you in the unpredictable world of social media and cyberspace, please know I will be keeping you, your family, and the dreams you seem destined to achieve in my prayers!) I also hugged our Lyft driver who had never really considered identifying as either pro-choice or pro-life. His story spells it out though: not only did he raise five of his own children and step-children, he and his wife took in two very young extended family members and raised them as their own – helping the younger of the two through crucial developmental stages after he had suffered repeated traumatic events from infancy. He had also been a foster parent and is considering adoption as his own children are growing a bit older.

The truth is, it would be effortless to double, if not triple this already lengthy account with all of the amazing things I saw, heard, felt, and shared as part of this experience. But there’s really no need to go on when the sum of all of the magnificent parts of the 2017 March for Life was the profound respect for the sanctity of life – ALL human life. This was presented in the opening addresses and repeated all throughout the event. Yes, there is a special focus on the unborn at this march, but I challenge everyone not to stop listening there. We certainly didn’t, nor do we, nor will we.

The March for Life 2018 is right around the corner. I can’t encourage you enough to come, and hope to bump into you there.

Every Child Deserves a Voice

 

“Every child deserves to be born. Every child deserves to have a voice.”

>>>> WATCH as this message is proclaimed in our 2018 March for Life “Love Saves Lives” promo video!

As I shared in a recent article for Focus on the Family, “We’ve been at this for quite a while – this year will mark the 45th annual March for Life. Our event is peaceful and nonviolent. Love is our mission. We work to end abortion; we seek a time when abortion is unthinkable.”

Will you be the voice for the unborn child that has no voice? For the expectant mother who needs love and support?

Join pro-life America at the 2018 March for Life on Friday, January 19th.

>>>> 2018 March for Life Information.

Even if you cannot attend, we still need your voice to share our message. Let your friends, family, and the world know #WhyWeMarch.

>>> See your #WhyWeMarch posts at WhyWeMarch.org

See you in one week!

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.)

 

What If I Weren’t Here?

 

Guest story by Faith

Shared with permission by the March for Life. 

When my mother was pregnant with me, she thought she had miscarried several times. Upon running some prenatal diagnostic tests, her doctor revealed that I had a high likelihood of being born with a chromosomal disorder, such as Down Syndrome.

Delivery itself, the doctor cautioned my mom, could kill her. Why risk leaving 2 healthy kids motherless? Why cause her husband this pain…for a defect like me? Abortion was clearly the only “smart choice.”

My mom named me Faith because she chose life. She recognized my inherent dignity. She trusted God had a plan for me, regardless of my abilities or disabilities. And thank God she did.

Twenty years later, I can’t help but wonder if anyone would have noticed if I weren’t here. Twenty years later, I’m able to speak for the silent who never got their chance.

The pro-life movement is a chance to reflect on that “what if.” What if I weren’t here? What if YOU weren’t here? I can’t help but think about the countless people I could’ve known, but don’t–and how close I was to joining their ranks. I’m glad to be here. I’m glad to have been the exception.

I mourn for those like me who never had the chance to share a story with a happy ending. I march for them. I march because I could have been them. I march because I’m here…and they’re not.

>>>> Share YOUR “Love Saves Lives” #WhyWeMarch story HERE.

2017 Top 10 Social Media Posts

 

What a year it has been! We want to thank all of our friends on social media who follow the work of the March for Life, and partner with us to spread the truth about life.

Social media provides a great opportunity to influence our culture and communities for life through stories, videos, visuals, and by simply sharing the truth about life and abortion. On Facebook and Twitter, March for Life’s content was viewed over 75 million times!

This was only possible because of you – thank you!

We thought you’d enjoy seeing our Top 10 posts from the year – and we look forward to sharing even more powerful pro-life posts in 2018!

Facebook:

Twitter:

Instagram:

A post shared by March For Life (@marchforlife) on

 

And our overall, most shared post…the Facebook Livestream of the 2017 March for Life rally!

Join us in 2018 as we continue to spread the truth about life!

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!