Saturday 20 January 2024

Tens Of Thousands Expected To Join March For Life In Snowy D.C.

 Pro-life advocates have once again flooded the nation’s capital for the 51st annual March for Life on Friday even as the city is blanketed with snow and faces below-freezing temperatures. 

The 2024 March for Life is expected to attract between 50,000 and 100,000 people, according to the organizers. Events for the day start with a noon rally near the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History before the pro-life protesters march to the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court. 

Some of the main speakers for this year’s March for Life include House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson, and Focus on the Family President and CEO Jim Daly. 

“We are overjoyed to welcome these inspiring pro-life leaders at this year’s 51st March for Life,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “For the past 51 years, the March for Life has powerfully witnessed to the tragedy of abortion, while calling for stronger protections for women and the unborn. This year’s speakers will address the 2024 theme– Pro-life: With Every Woman, For Every Child, which is at the heart of the pro-life movement, in their remarks. We will also celebrate the heroic work of Pregnancy Care Centers and Maternity Homes, while offering a roadmap to how we will truly achieve a life-affirming culture that respects the inherent dignity of all human life.”

The temperature in D.C. at the time of the rally is expected to be around 31 degrees with a 90% chance of snow, according to The Weather Channel.

The 51st March for Life is the second time pro-life protesters will flock to D.C. since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade. The annual March for Life began on January 22, 1974, exactly one year after the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down. 

“A lot of people have been saying, ‘We need to stay local, because the decision has been returned to the states,’” said Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life, according to The Washington Post. She added that the pro-life movement still has a lot of work to do at the federal level and emphasized the importance of the 2024 elections which will determine who takes the White House and which party controls Congress.


March for Life states, “The goal of the national March for Life is to not only change laws at the state and federal level, but to change the culture to ultimately make abortion unthinkable.” 

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