6 Ways to Get Ready for the 2019 March for Life!

 

6 Ways to Get Ready for March for Life 2019

It’s just 6 months until tens of thousands of pro-life Americans will march in our Nation’s Capital!

There are many ways you can support the pro-life movement and get ready for March for Life 2019 on Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

 

Here are the top 6 things you can do to get ready:

1. Download the March for Life 2019 Trip Planner

From conferences to rallies, the March for Life is filled with great opportunities to celebrate life, connect with marchers, and learn how to become a more effective pro-life advocate.

It can be hard to keep all of these details straight, especially when you are leading a whole group! That’s why we put all of the information you will need in one place.

>>>> Download our March for Life 2019 Trip Planner for all March for Life related details. 

Still have questions? Connect with other March for Life trip leaders by joining our Trip Planner Facebook group.

 

2. Give to a local pro-life pregnancy resource center.

The sole focus of pro-life pregnancy centers is to care for parents and their children, particularly when facing an unexpected pregnancy. These centers collectively offer over $100 million every year in free services, ranging from sonograms to baby diapers.

The live-saving work of pregnancy centers relies on the generosity of pro-lifers in their local community.

Go to https://optionline.org/ to find a life-affirming pregnancy clinic in your community.

 

3. Contact your Senators and tell them to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday July 9th, President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee.

As pro-life marchers, we understand the impact of the Supreme Court, and the crucial importance of having justices, like Scalia and Gorsuch, who interpret the Constitution as it was originally written.

>>>> Urge your Senators to give Kavanaugh an open and fair confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Judge Kavanaugh is exceptionally qualified for the role and will no doubt serve as a fair, independent judge who will remain faithful to the Constitution.

 

4. Comment on HHS Title X Protect Life Rule

The HHS proposed a new Title X Protect Life rule that will stop all Title X funds from going to any institution that performs, advocates, or supports abortion in any way. With this rule in place, Planned Parenthood will lose $40 – $60 million in tax payer dollars every year.

>>>> Share your support for the rule by adding your comments to the Protect Life rule.

 

5. Thank a Pro-life OBGYN

Hundreds of OBGYNs are standing against the abortion industry and using their voice to protect life.

Take some time to show your support for OBGYN’s who courageously advocate for life.

Send them a card. Give them a phone call. Show these pro-life doctors that their bravery, commitment to life, and hard work is appreciated!

Go to https://aaplog.org/ to find pro-life doctors near you.

 

6. Share on social media that you march for life

Our movement continues to grow, but we need your voice!

Share our “I march for life” graphic on social media to let your friends and family know that you stand for the right to life. Be sure to include a link to our 2019 website and invite others to march with you.

Thank you for using your voice to defend LIFE.

We’ll see you on January, 18th 2019!

 

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?

>>>> Click HERE to sign up for action alerts!

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.”

Maryland March for Life

 

We want to invite all of our supporters in Maryland to join us at the Maryland March for Life!

The march and rally will take place on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Annapolis.

6:30 p.m. March to State House
Starting Point:
St. Mary’s, Annapolis, Parking lot
111 Duke of Gloucester St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

7:00 p.m. Rally at Lawyer’s Mall:
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

The special guest speaker for the rally will be Roland C. Warren, CEO and President of Care Net. Additionally, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini will also be speaking.

For more details, and information about the youth rally, religious services, and post-rally Expo, click HERE.

We hope to see you there!

 

Congresswoman’s Miracle Baby

 

We witnessed a living miracle at the 2018 March for Life. Abigail Beutler stood on stage with her mother, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, charming the crowd with her sweetness and smiles!

Abigail’s presence is a miracle because while the Congresswoman was pregnant with Abigail, her first child, she and her husband Dan received the heartbreaking news that their baby had “zero percent chance of survival.”

Their unborn baby was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, and doctors told the Beutlers there was nothing that could be done; their baby would die and that “a lot of women at this point would be across the street scheduling an abortion.”

However, that was out of the question for the couple. Dan Beutler shared with CNN’s Dana Bash, “Being able to hear the heartbeat … we had this gut feeling of there has to be something — I mean, a doctor may say it, but she’s moving. That’s pretty convincing. We know she’s still alive.”

Thus began their miracle journey of choosing love and hope to fight for their unborn daughter. After a series of experimental treatments, Abigail was born, making medical history. “She was the first baby to survive childbirth with no kidneys. People Magazine ran a spread calling her ‘the girl who lived.’”

At the 2018 March for Life, with her family by her side, Congresswoman Herrerra Beutler shared these moving words:

“I was told there was no chance of survival – but they were wrong. They weren’t bad people – they just had never seen a baby with this condition survive. But that’s the point: What if the doctor is wrong about others too? What if together, we can break new ground, find new treatments that will benefit more than just our own families? What if the baby won’t have that significant health condition or disability? Or even if she does – what if every baby was at least given a shot to reach her true, miraculous potential?

 

Who would we be as a nation? What richness would society get to see? Instead of the equivalent of two generations missing because of that choice, would we have already witnessed one of those individuals having discovered a cure for cancer? The key to eradicating extreme poverty?

 

What if we had spent the last 45 years – the length of time abortion has been allowed in the United States – pouring time and money into finding a cure in the womb for medical conditions like spina bifida, micro-sephaly, or congenital heart defects?

 

What if that money was used to end the baby’s disease – not her life?”

You can watch her full remarks HERE:

She concluded her remarks with a hopeful word that reminds us all again, that love saves lives:

“Today, we have come together to say – there’s hope! For every expectant mother who has been given a devastating diagnosis. For every woman who feels fear, anger, or anxiety because she doesn’t know how she can afford to care for a child. For every woman who feels hopeless: God loves you. For every baby given up on by the status quo: God still does miracles.

 

We must recognize the unborn child as the miracle he or she is – a person developing with extraordinary potential and purpose – who deserves a fighting chance to live and just maybe reach that extraordinary potential. After all, I believe it’s the only way our society will truly reach ours.”

Read more about the miraculous story of Abigail’s birth HERE.

The March for Life in Your Words

 

It has been less than six weeks since the 2018 March for Life, and already we have brought your voice to Capitol Hill to advocate for several pieces of pro-life legislation. We will continue to take your pro-life voice to the public square all year long.

Yet the March for Life not only impacts Congress and our culture – it impacts marchers – you and me! 

Be sure to save the date and mark your calendar now for next year’s March for Life, Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Why is being part of the March for Life so important?

Abortion is the human rights abuse of our day, tragically claiming the lives of 60 million Americans since 1973. We cannot remain silent. We must take action – at the march and year round – so that sometime soon we no longer need to march!

We are blessed to receive many stories of people’s experiences at the 2018 March for Life. Here are a few:

  • “This was truly an amazing experience. My wife, eldest son, and I marched. My son said, “Dad, I find it so important that we join in with the March for Life. We marchers are the voices of the aborted babies who never had a say in this horrible decision that ended their lives.”
  • “Loved being part of this today. The crowds are growing each year. Soon abortion will be abolished.”
  • “This was my 5th March for Life. It is a peaceful, well-organized, loving event. There is no hatred towards those who have abortions or those who support abortions, just love for the babies and support for women who find themselves in difficult situations.”
  • “This was our first time at the March for Life. I was so encouraged by the number of young men and women who were marching; there is hope for our future. Uplifting speeches and personal stories. We will be back.”
  • “My first time at the march. I will go every year. It was amazing and HUGE! God bless, let’s continue to work and pray for hearts to be changed.”
  • “It was a beautiful and empowering march. I am so hopeful because there were thousands of like-minded individuals marching to end abortion- an evil responsible for the 1/3 of my generation missing..”

The March for Life not only impacts the public square, it impacts marchers! It inspires each of us to be pro-life agents for change in our families, our communities, and our nation.

We hope you will join with us all year, as we continue to take action each and every day to end abortion. And please save the date to join us in 2019, so that one day soon, we no longer have to march.

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. 

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!

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.