About the March for Life


A world where the beauty and dignity of every human life are valued and protected.


End abortion by uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.


January 22, 1973 is ingrained in the minds of pro-lifers because on that infamous historic day the Supreme Court invalidated 50 state laws and made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the United States in the now-infamous decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.

original march for life with NellieThe March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration 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 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

At the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, we mourned the death in 2012 of Nellie Gray, the founder of the March for Life and the “Joan of Arc” of the pro-life movement. In October 1973, months after the Roe and Doe decisions, a group of thirty pro-life leaders gathered in Nellie’s home in Washington, D.C. to discuss how to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Roe. There was a fear that January 22 would pass as any other day rather than allow for a moment to reflect upon how legalized abortion had hurt women and taken babies’ lives over the course of the year. That was the day that plans for the first March for Life began.

Supporting the March for Life

Your donation* will help to support the March for Life Education and Defense Fund’s year-round pro-life education and legislative work, as well as our annual March for Life every January in Washington, D.C. Please thoughtfully consider making a monthly contribution to assist our increased year-round pro-life activities. We are so grateful for your continued support!

*The March for Life is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

CFC # 92738: Federal employees, please consider supporting the March for Life through the annual Combined Federal Campaign. Our number is 92738.

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