This year, Family Policy Alliance staff joined thousands of friends at the annual National March for Life in our nation’s capital. This special gathering has been taking place for 50 years and is an exciting day of rallying support for unborn babies and their mothers.
2022 unraveled the fateful decision of Roe v. Wade and provided a real opportunity for state and federal legislators to advance safer laws that protect both moms and the unborn child.
And, now, we are ready for 2023.
The theme for the March this year was: Next Steps: Marching in a Post-Roe America. Many of you are asking since Roe was overturned: what are the next steps After Roe?
Thankfully, FPA and many of our state-level partners have been preparing a long time for this moment. We know that it will take the collective effort of many groups and individuals, much like yourself, to really make a change in the hearts and minds of Americans and in the laws that govern our everyday life.
As you read this, DOZENS of lawmakers across the country have partnered with FPA and the network of state family policy councils to introduce HUNDREDS of both federal and state-level pro-life bills in their legislature. We are proud to support these measures and will continue to advance other solutions to support moms and to end elective abortions.
In the end, YOU are what makes a difference in this movement to end abortion. Every call or email you make to a legislator, every hour you volunteer at a pregnancy center, every person you share the message of life with—these are things that can make a change.
YOU saw Roe overturned in your lifetime. Now we wholeheartedly believe you can be a part of making abortion unthinkable in America.
So, even if you missed the national March for Life in person, continue to fight for the unborn!
We wanted to make sure you were equipped to do just that by sharing Conversations with Craig, the newest podcast produced by Family Policy Alliance! This is your go-to podcast for all things family policy and how to talk to your friends and family about these issues. In our newest podcast episode, our CEO, Craig DeRoche, and Jeanne Mancini, the President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, talk about what makes this year’s march so unique – now that Roe is overturned. Check it out on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.
We hope you enjoy the podcast and the pictures (above) our team took while out at the March for Life on Friday in Washington. We were extremely encouraged by the strong showing of Americans, especially young people, energized to see life cherished and families restored, and we hope to see YOU at the March next year.
In case you missed it, I also wanted to remind you that THIS Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday. You can view FPA’s full email about this Sunday here. The bottom line is FPA is encouraging all churches to pray that life would be cherished. We’ve listed some graphics and prayer points below this message for you to share with your church (you can click on each one to download a Hi-Res version as well). Please take a moment to share these with your pastor for this upcoming Sunday.
Director, Government Affairs
Sanctity of Life Sunday Resources
(Click any image to get a Hi-Res version for download)
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!
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.