It was already 10 AM, and the sun was out, but boy, was it cold. Taking your hands out of your gloves for just a few moments was enough to send a chill through your body.
But for as cold as it was outside, the spirit of the place was warm. Students, grandparents, professionals, and young children stood shoulder-to-shoulder. People who might not see eye to eye on every issue walked together, prayed together, sang together.
And these tens of thousands shivered together, raising their signs and their voices for one cause: life.
The 49th Annual March for Life was a powerful gathering, and our team was honored to be there advocating for the unborn and their families.
Our team shared branded After Roe gear, including signs and hats, throughout the crowd. The message? Roe v. Wade’s time is running short. And After Roe? There is life – but it will be up to every one of us to make sure that life is protected in every state. You can learn more about what life After Roe will look like in your state here.
NEW: After Roe hats and stickers!
We have exciting news: our After Roe gear wasn’t just for the March for Life! Now, you can get After Roe gear to wear around town all year long! Click here to get After Roe branded beanies (adult and infant sizes), baseball caps (pictured), and stickers (two sizes). Plus, when you sign the After Roe pledge, we’ll send you a discount code for $4 off every After Roe product! Click here to sign the pledge and get your discount.
Hear from pro-life Congressional leaders!
The day before the March, our team was honored to interview pro-life Congressional leaders on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
“There’s no other human rights abuse in the world that parades around as if it’s a human right,” said Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4), co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-4)) shared about why every person has value, and Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-8) spoke the truth: “millions of Americans have been lied to.” Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-1) shared a compelling story about why this issue is personal to him. Plus, Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-1) shared about key Congressional pro-life efforts
You can watch all the interviews here. Be sure to share with friends!
A World After Roe
The most touching sight of the March for Life? As we approached the Capitol, we noticed a little girl atop her parent’s shoulders, carrying her After Roe sign high. And it hit us: after Roe, there will be many, many more little girls like her. They will be alive because of people like you, who tirelessly advocate for the unborn, who speak out to your elected leaders, who share about why you are pro-life with friends and family. Because of you, these little children will be a testament: after Roe, there is life.
Will you help make that a reality?
Standing with you for life,
P.S. Excited to show off your pro-life After Roe gear? Post a picture and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Sign the pledge here to get your discount code.
In just thirteen days, pro-lifers from around the country will gather in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life.
Each year since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, this event has drawn attendees from all walks of life. In fact, it’s the world’s largest peaceful human rights protest.
But this year, there is a special weight and significance. Why? Because Roe’s time may soon be up.
In December, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case challenging Roe v. Wade, putting a world After Roe clearly on the horizon.
The day before that hearing, we sat down with Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life, to learn more about the annual March and why it’s especially significant this year.
You can watch that video here:
This year, our team will be at the March for Life, marching together for a day when not only is Roe overturned, but life is truly cherished across our nation. Will you join us?
Plan to join us at the March? Family Policy Alliance will have After Roe signs available for you to march with! Sign up here to get in touch with us on the day of the march. We would love to meet you and give you a free sign for the march! Also – stay tuned for an exciting announcement coming next week about branded After Roe merchandise!
Can’t make it to D.C.? You can still support the cause from your own state! Some states have their own marches throughout the year. In the meantime, watch for information about new pro-life merchandise you can sport around town and share with friends and family. Details to be revealed next week!
Whether you’re joining us in D.C. or supporting from afar, we hope that you will join us in prayer for an era After Roe – and ultimately, for the end of abortion and the embrace of life throughout our country.
Standing with you for life,
Director of Strategy
P.S. Want to learn what you can do right now? Visit www.AfterRoe.com for information about your state and ways you can engage across the pro-life movement!
In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision that, if it were made today, would be unthinkable and even appalling. Seven of the nine Justices decided that a black slave named Dred Scott was not a person and nothing more than the property of his owner. They consequently ruled that he had no rights as a citizen and no protection under the U.S. Constitution. It took eleven years, but the Supreme Court’s decision was finally overturned in 1868 with the passage of the 13th Amendment that outlawed slavery and the 14th Amendment that granted citizenship to all those born in the United States, regardless of color.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court made another poor decision that was even more appalling. That Court struck down state anti-abortion laws, deciding that a woman’s right to privacy gives her the right to end the life of her unborn child. In the Court’s opinion, that unborn child was not a person as defined by the U.S. Constitution and was therefore not entitled to or guaranteed even the right to life.
As in the Dred Scott case, they ruled that the unborn baby was not a person and thus was nothing more than the property of the mother. Therefore, the mother could choose along with her doctor whether the child lived or died. Someone would have to be willfully ignorant not to see the similarity between these two Supreme Court decisions.
The irony of the Court’s decision in Roe was that the year before, in 1972, the same court amended the Bald Eagle Protection Act (of 1940) and authorized fines up to $500,000 in addition to jail time for destroying an “unborn eagle” in its egg. The Supreme Court and the justices who serve on it are not infallible and have made decisions that needed to be corrected – and the Roe decision of 1973 is the most egregious and appalling of them.
Family Policy Alliance has been heavily involved in current efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case debated in the Supreme Court last month. This case is a challenge to Mississippi’s law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. Pro-life legal experts believe that there is legitimate reason to hope that the justices will return the issue of abortion to the states. That would mean that each state would then be responsible for regulating abortion and deciding the destiny of their unborn children.
Because of that very real possibility, we need to plan and work for a pro-life America as well as a pro-life Rhode Island after Roe. For more info, please visit https://familypolicyalliance.com/after-roe/
This year, I will be attending the National March for Life in our nation’s capital for the first time. Tyler Rowley has put together a 2-day bus trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., that is quick and affordable (January 20-21 at a cost of $125). Tyler is the founder and leader of Servants of Christ for Life, a very active Roman Catholic pro-life ministry here in Rhode Island. If you are interested in joining the group, there are still seats available. I would love to see as many as possible attend from Rhode Island. For more info, call Tyler at 401-290-7201 or email him: email@example.com
There is already talk of a bill to introduce taxpayer-funded abortion in Rhode Island. Please make it a matter of regular prayer that this bill will not see the light of day and that our state will once again recognize the value of every life!
For Faith and Family in RI,
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island
P.S. Please begin to pray The Battle lines are already being drawn and we can expect to see Pro-Abortion advocates out in force
There are moments in life when you know you are witnessing history unfold. My first such recollection was 34 years ago today. I recall vividly when my elementary school principal came over the intercom and told us the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded just after takeoff. A few years later, I watched Operation Desert Storm unfold from the T.V. in my living room. And, of course, none of us will forget watching the twin towers fall on 9-11.
It’s more difficult to recall positive history-making moments of my lifetime, but as of last Friday, there is one such event I am certain never to forget: when President Donald J. Trump addressed the national March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.
On Jan. 24, 2020, President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president ever to deliver a speech at the March for Life. And to my amazement, I stood beside him. More specifically, I was one of 19 women asked to stand with the president as he delivered his historic speech to the 47th annual March for Life.
This year’s march honored the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. Many suffragist leaders were pro-life; they did not believe abortion to be beneficial to women. These women included Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul, who considered abortion the “ultimate exploitation of women.” It was humbling to remember these courageous female pioneers as I stood there — women who would no doubt smile and cheer at the sight of their sisters standing on that stage.
As I stood feet from the president, overlooking tens of thousands of pro-life men, women and children (estimates are 60,000 to 70,000 attended the rally, and a total of 350,000 joined the march itself), I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t see the end of the crowd, nor could I imagine the end to what this would mean to pro-life Americans. To say the president’s speech galvanized the pro-life community would be an understatement. It electrified us, gave us a shot in the arm unlike any other pro-life address could.
President Trump encouraged us with statements including “Young people are the heart of the March for Life — and it is your generation that is making America a pro-family, pro-life nation,” and made powerful declarations like “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.” I personally appreciated his words to women and mothers: “Today, millions of extraordinary women across America are using the power of their votes to fight for the first right in the Declaration of Independence — the Right to Life,” and “To all of the moms here today: we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes.”
Undergirding his strong rhetoric were many examples of his commitment to pro-life policies. President Trump recounted his Executive Order to reinstate and expand the Mexico City Policy, his support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, his commitment to veto anti-life legislation, to protect faith-based adoption agencies and the rights of pro-life college students to speak freely. One of the loudest applause lines came when he recalled his appointment of 187 federal judges, including two Supreme Court justices.
The president did not simply “give a pro-life speech.” He delivered one of — if not the — strongest pro-life speeches I’ve ever heard. Moreover, his speech was God-honoring, including lines like “When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation,” and reminding us of Psalm 139, that “each person is wonderfully made.” Perhaps strongest of all was his concluding remark: “Every human soul is divine, and every human life — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of Almighty God.”
On the slight chance that this article makes it to the president, I would like him to know how profoundly grateful I was, and will always be, to have stood with him as he boldly and unashamedly proclaimed the unalienable right to life and the inherent dignity and value of every human life. It was an honor I will never forget, and a historic moment for which millions of Americans will forever be thankful.
Standing for life,
Director of External Relations
Many hot issues are still being debated in Washington D.C., but one thing that’s clear is that President Trump’s administration is keeping his commitment to protect life!
On January 20th, President Trump will have been in office for one year. It’s stunning how much difference that year has made in the fight to protect life and end abortion. In just one year, our country’s leadership has shifted from President Obama who asked God to “bless Planned Parenthood”—an organization responsible for the deaths of 321,384 preborn children according to their latest report—to President Trump who today became the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life live via satellite.
Here’s a snapshot of the important actions protecting life & religious freedom that have been taken at the federal level in one year:
- TODAY: President Trump became the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life live via satellite.
- TODAY: The U.S. House passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act by 241-183! This bill requires proper medical care be given to infants who survive an abortion–rather than abandoning them die excruciating deaths alone and then be thrown out as medical waste. Now the Senate needs to follow suit and send the bill onto President Trump.
- TODAY: President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a letter ending the Obama Administration’s attempt to force states to include abortion providers in taxpayer funded Medicaid programs.
- TODAY: The Department of Health and Human Services also issued a new proposed rule to protect doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals from being forced to participate in abortions.
- TODAY: President Trump called on the Senate to send him the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—banning abortions after 20 weeks, the point at which preborn children can feel pain—and promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. The U.S. is one of only 7 countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks—including North Korea and China.
- YESTERDAY: President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services created a brand-new division on “Conscience and Religious Freedom,” charged with protecting doctors, nurses, and other medical professional from being forced to participate in abortions or assisted suicide.
- The Trump Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortions in Obamacare exchange plans.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions distributed strong legal guidelines across the entire government, designed to protect people of faith.
- The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor issued rules rules to protect Americans, like the Little Sisters of the Poor, from being forced to pay for health insurance that covers drugs that can cause early abortions.
- On the National Day of Prayer 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order, directing his administration to make protecting religious freedom and conscience rights a priority—signaling that the hostility toward people of faith and ministries by the previous administration had ended.
- On President Trump’s first week in office, he reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which protects $9 billion in taxpayer-funded foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry.
What a difference 1 year makes!
“We are grateful that President Trump is serious about protecting life in America. Family Policy Alliance cares about electing prolife leaders and helping pass strong prolife laws in D.C. and in every state of the country because we care about the lives saved—and because each of those lives is an individual loved by and made in the image of our God,” said Paul Weber, President & CEO for Family Policy Alliance on today’s 45th annual March for Life.
“Roe v. Wade isn’t the final say on the life issue. Men and women of faith around our country who are committed to taking action will be the final say in protecting life and ending abortion,” Weber concluded.
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This year’s March for Life will be an especially sweet celebration. From federal legislation to state law, preborn babies are more protected than ever.
Tom McClusky with March for Life talks to us about 40 years of work to save the lives of countless women and babies and a renaissance for the sanctity of human life.
Learn more at March for Life.