WASHINGTON — Anti-abortion activists gathered at the nation’s capital Friday for the 49th March for Life, held annually on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.
Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, kicked off the rally at noon on the National Mall by presenting this year’s theme: “Equality Begins in the Womb.”
“The truth is that we are all equal in dignity regardless of skin color, disability status, socioeconomic background or stage of life, including the earliest stages in life,” she told the crowd. “Every life has inherent human dignity, and every life matters.”
The rally included a slate of speakers such as actor Kirk Cameron, best known for his role on the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains,” and Republican Reps. Julia Letlow of Louisiana and Chris Smith of New Jersey, followed by a 1 p.m. march on Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court building led by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington.
“The annual March for Life is a powerful witness to essential truths that unite us: all of life is sacred and, thus, the life of the unborn child must be protected from the horror of abortion and life at every stage must be revered, cherished and treasured,” Burbidge said in a news release.
This year’s march could be the last one under Roe with Supreme Court justices considering a Mississippi case centered on overturning the landmark 1973 ruling, which effectively legalized abortion nationally.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule later this year on whether the state’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is constitutional. As part of that case, Mississippi officials have asked the 6-3 conservative court to abolish Roe v. Wade…Read more>>