Across the span of one month and two coasts, we hosted three incredible State Marches for Life in California, Virginia, and Pennsylvania—and our State March program is just getting started!
Working with local pro-life organizations, meeting hundreds of pro-life marchers from each community, and affecting pro-life policy at the state-level has been both an invigorating and humbling experience for our whole team. Here’s to many more State Marches in 2022!
In the meantime, I wanted to give you a brief snapshot of the California, Virginia, and Pennsylvania Marches for Life.
California March for Life
On August 25th, we gathered in Sacramento for the first-ever California March for Life. We encouraged hundreds of marchers to contact their local lawmakers about a radical, pro-abortion bill that would have forced health insurance providers to pay for abortions in their entirety, and the bill was halted THE VERY NEXT DAY!
Virginia March for Life
Pennsylvania March for Life
On September 27th, we saw our largest State March crowd this year at the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life. PA State Representative Kathy Rapp, who has been in office for well over a decade, remarked on stage that it was “the largest rally [she] has ever seen in Harrisburg.” Even Pennsylvania’s pro-choice governor saw the crowd and responded against their pro-life witness!
Beautiful weather paired with the courageous presence of pro-life lawmakers on stage and powerful testimonies from abortion-healed speakers like Toni McFadden and Abby Johnson made the day as impactful as it was.
There is one reason why these State Marches are so beautiful and so fruitful: you. We are honored to march beside you and give joyful witness to the beauty of life. Thank you for marching with us. Each step brings us closer to each other and to the day when the heartbreak of abortion will be unthinkable.
We have exciting news to share with you about the March for Life on January 21, 2022!
Fr. Mike Schmitz is the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, as well as the chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After attending the St. Paul Seminary and being ordained in 2003, Fr. Mike offers weekly homilies on iTunes and bulldogcatholic.org and has appeared in programs for youth and young adults through Ascension Press, as well as through regular short video presentations on Ascension Presents. His Bible in a Year Podcast reached #1 in all categories in 2021.
Second, registration open TODAY for all March for Life events! There are several amazing events surrounding the March for Life, so be sure to reserve your spot by following the information below:
ROSE DINNER GALA: Our Annual Rose Dinner Gala is a formal event following the March for Life that includes a three-course dinner and live jazz band! Join hundreds of pro-life leaders and guests from across the country for an inspiring evening, and hear from our Keynote Speaker, Fr. Mike Schmitz. Book your Reserved Table here!
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: By partnering with the March for Life as a sponsor, you make our year-round work of standing up for the most vulnerable in the media, on social media, and on Capitol Hill possible! Sponsoring the March for Life will also bring new supporters to your mission and strengthen the commitment of those who already stand behind you. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!
For a full list of the Sponsorship Opportunities available, see the “Sponsorship Brochure” HERE.
MARCH FOR LIFE EXPO: We invite you to be an exhibitor at the nation’s largest annual pro-life Expo! Every year, the most influential organizations gather at the Renaissance Hotel to engage the countless marchers attending the March for Life. The Expo provides an unparalleled opportunity to unite with pro-life Americans nationwide and increase your organization’s visibility and impact!
From now until October 5th, use the code EARLYB50 at checkout for an Early-Bird discount of $50! Be sure to submit your application today as space is limited.
ADVERTISEMENTS: In the days surrounding the March for Life, complimentary copies of the March for Life Event Program are distributed to those attending in-person events including backstage at the Rally and exclusive VIP events. Gain massive exposure for your organization by advertising in the 2022 March for Life Event Program. All pro-life organizations and individuals are welcome to apply.
CAPITOL HILL 101: Capitol Hill 101 is a complimentary educational session bringing together a panel of pro-life lobbyists and legislative experts. This event will prepare you to effectively advocate for pro-life laws and policies with your elected officials and their staff during your trip to Washington D.C, and year-round.
Friend, we hope you will join us at this year’s 2022 March for Life! In the days and months leading up to January 21st, 2022, we will have plenty of other exciting announcements including our Theme Debut, Speakers, and much more.
Stay tuned and get excited!
Last week, we hosted our first-ever official California March for Life. What an incredible day it was! We are overjoyed by the enthusiasm and support of life that we encountered in Sacramento. Several hundred pro-life Californians came together from all over the state, heard from amazing local lawmakers and speakers, and marched around the Capitol grounds in defense of the unborn.
Not only were pro-life Californians seen on Capitol grounds, but we were heard.
A priority of the California March for Life was for our attendees to contact their California lawmakers to stop a bill that would force health insurance providers to pay for abortions in their entirety. By the end of the day, we had sent several hundred emails to their offices!
One marcher told us
I was so encouraged and excited at how many pro-lifers there were and how peacefully yet enthusiastically they marched around the Capitol Building. The speakers were amazing and it was so cool that they joined us all in marching, and not only speaking. I am hoping to go to the March for Life in DC next year. Thank you so much for making this happen!
We are already looking forward to hosting another California March for Life next year.
We were also joined virtually by several thousand viewers! If you want to watch the inspiring California March for Life Rally, you can re-watch the Livestream of the event on our YouTube channel.
California March for Life | 2021California claims to be the epicenter of the ‘progressive’ agenda but when it comes to treating every human life with dignity and respect the Golden State has a tarnished record.
The CA March for Life is an opportunity for pro-life California to unite and encourage state legislators to craft policies that respect the rights of the unborn. Every human life has dignity, and our laws must reflect that truth.
Help us build a culture of life in the state of California by texting CAMARCH to 73075.
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So what’s next?
We plan to host many more State Marches in state capitals across the country over the next few years!
State Marches are crucial to our mission of making abortion unthinkable. When Americans gather in their state capitals to march for life, both the local lawmakers and the local community can glimpse just how personal and important this issue is to their constituents and neighbors. Now more than ever, states must unite for life and use their voices for the voiceless. Defending life truly demands local engagement!
As the pro-life generation prepares to go back to school, we recommend every college student takes time to read these inspiring books. With so much confusion, misinformation, and division on the issue of life, being educated and prepared for challenging conversations about pro-life issues with peers is critical. These five recommended books will further your pro-life knowledge on the history of the movement, teach you how to respond to pro-abortion arguments, and ultimately help you build a culture of life!
“We must not just be warriors for the pro-life cause, but ambassadors for it.” says Trent Horn in Persuasive Pro-Life. Trent is a powerful voice in the pro-life movement, educating and equipping pro-life advocates on the tactics of effective conversation. He illustrates the need for compassion in the abortion discussion with vivid personal stories from his years of advocacy.
Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by The Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind by Dr. Bernard Nathanson
Hand of God shares the radical journey of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, from his days as the top abortionist in the country to his years of leadership in the pro-life movement. As a former abortionist and the co-founder of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Dr. Nathanson provides a unique insight into the abortion industry and the lies used to promulgate it. In this autobiography, he shares the reality of the violence of abortion and exposes the lies of the abortion industry. His powerful conversion story has changed countless hearts and minds.
Having conversations on the topic of abortion can be overwhelming if you do not know how to speak the truth in love. In Love Unleashes Life by Stephanie Gray Conners, you are given an incredible approach to pro-life apologetics. Not only does she use sample dialogues, she also presents proven strategies. After reading this book, you will truly gain confidence in having conversations to change hearts and minds.
“Transformation begins with heartbreak” says Live Action founder Lila Rose. In her recent book Fighting for Life, Lila shares personal and intimate stories from her journey into pro-life activism. She shares how her life was radically transformed once she realized the heartbreaking reality of abortion. You will find encouragement, inspiration, and life-changing stories that will better equip you to fight for life.
Contraception and abortion were not originally part of the 1960s women’s movement. How did a movement that originally fought for equal opportunities in education and the workplace get overtaken by the sexual revolution, reducing women to sex objects? In her exposé Subverted, Sue Ellen Browder, previously a writer for Cosmopolitan, shares an inside look at how a few carefully crafted lies shaped the narrative of ‘feminism’ that champions abortion today.
When Nellie Gray began the March for Life in 1974, she could never have imagined this gathering in our nation’s capital would become the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world.
On this 9th anniversary of Nellie’s passing, we remember her heroic legacy and stand firm in our promise to continue the great work she began.
When Roe v. Wade was wrongfully decided on January 22, 1973, Nellie gave up her successful career as a U.S. government attorney to fully commit to the fight for life. Within a few months, she organized the first-ever March for life on January 22, 1974, uniting over 20,000 pro-life advocates in our nation’s capital. Nellie thought the March of January 22, 1974 would be the first and only March for Life.
But tragically, one march would not be enough. So Nellie vowed to come back year after year until the Supreme Court corrected its wrongful decision. Nellie spent the next 40 years dedicating every waking moment to the defense of human life and to inspiring generations to advocate for life.
Many believed the American people would come to accept abortion and the pro-life movement would eventually fade. However, nearly fifty years later, Nellie’s legacy persists and the March for Life continues to grow. Even now, we are expanding our reach into state capitals across the country!
Life is surely winning!
It’s impossible for us to know the great difference our little “yes” to defending life can make. On the anniversary of her passing, we thank Nellie for her “yes” that has led us here today.