2020 was a year that impacted all of us; we have learned and grown during these hard times. But even as we welcome in the new year with hope and look towards the 2021 March for Life on January 29th, we also cherish the positives and “silver linings” from this past year.
Join us below as we reflect upon our favorite moments and pro-life accomplishments in 2020.
THE 2020 MARCH FOR LIFE
On January 24, President Donald Trump made history by being the first-ever sitting President to make an in-person appearance at the March for Life! Vice President Mike Pence also made a virtual appearance from the Vatican.
In his remarks to marchers, President Trump declared, “Together, we will defend this truth all across our magnificent land. We will set free the dreams of our people. And with determined hope, we look forward to all of the blessings that will come from the beauty, talent, purpose, nobility, and grace of every American child.”
We co-hosted the 2nd Virginia March for Life on February 13th, which drew pro-lifers from across Virginia to the state capital in Richmond, despite a rainy day.
Over the next couple of months, as we began the Covid shutdowns, March for Life and March for Life state partners unanimously agreed to postpone the remaining 2020 State Marches in light of the pandemic.
Since we could not march together in person, we shifted to virtual events with our state partners, hosting pro-life advocacy training webinars in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and California.
In late Spring and early Summer, while students were learning in their virtual classrooms, and many workplaces shifted to an online environment due to COVID-19, we saw an opportunity to offer no-cost, pro-life educational content for families.
We partnered with pro-life activists, like Abby Johnson, and medical professionals, like Dr. Christina Francis M.D., to bring first-rate pro-life educational content online through Facebook Live and YouTube.
March for Life also partnered with pro-life movie producers to host “Pro-Life Movie Nights” on our Facebook platform, combining the powerful messaging of the entertainment industry with the truth about life. The March for Life live stream lecture series received a total of over 145,000 views, and the March for Life movie series received over 152,000 views.
TOGETHER STRONG: LIFE UNITES
In the early Fall, on September 10th, we announced the theme of the 2021 March for Life, “Together Strong: Life Unites,” by bringing together 30 of the most prominent pro-life voices for a virtual theme debut webinar.
While abortion divides in so many ways, LIFE is the ultimate unifier. The pro-life movement is a diverse, dedicated, and multi-talented community. When we all work together in defense of the unborn, we will see a culture of life and love welcomed in our nation and world.
If you were not able to join us, you can still watch the event here!
Throughout the year, the March for Life represents your pro-life voice in the media, be it through publishing pro-life opinion editorials, being interviewed by print, radio, or television media outlets, or with our vast social media presence.
This year, the March for Life achieved 348 major media hits in 2020:
- quoted in 300+ print stories
- published 24+ opinion pieces
- appeared in 15+ television interviews
- participated in 30+ radio interviews
We are honored to represent the collective voice of hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers, like you, in the media year-round.
BRINGING YOUR VOICE TO CAPITOL HILL
In December, we learned that for the second year in a row, The Hill Top Lobbyist 2020 named Vice President of Government Affairs of March for Life, Tom McClusky, as one of the top Grassroots Lobbyists on Capitol Hill.
Since joining the March for Life team in 2013, Tom McClusky has dedicated his efforts to bringing the collective, massive voice of the marchers to the Hill throughout the entire year. We are proud of Tom and so grateful to have him working for you!
HELPING SHAPE HISTORY
Throughout the year, March for Life Action, sister organization to March for Life, mobilized thousands of citizens to be powerful voices for life, particularly in the confirmation hearings of now Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
With an advocate audience of over 215,000 pro-life Americans who have contacted their lawmakers nearly as many times this year, March for Life activists created a lasting impact.
Every message sent represents a pro-life American exercising his or her civic responsibility and affecting real change on a local, state, and federal level. Through the March for Life Action network, pro-life citizens are provided an avenue to march for life year-round.
These are just the highlights!
To read more about the March for Life in 2020, check out our Annual Report!
We are so proud of the pro-life advances made this year, which could only happen with your support. Thank you! We look forward to continuing to build a culture of life together in 2021!