Yesterday was the 35th annual March for Life. The march, which first began in 1974, commemorates the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that essentially legalized abortion within the United States. Without going into the details of the history of the march and the struggle to enact pro-life legislation, it remains that a majority of Americans identify themselves as “pro-life” as opposed to “pro-choice”.
The hope of every march– and of those in particular who make the trek from the Mall to the steps of the United States Supreme Court– is that the growing tide will mount to strip Roe v. Wade of its destructive influence, and once again restore the primacy of “Respect for all life.”
What follows here are some pictures from the March. Some may disagree with the aims of the March, yet it cannot be denied that the vast majority of those participating are young…and that realization is something we can all find hope in.
Looking East towards the Capitol building, marchers begin making their way up Consitution Avenue.
The head of the March– lead by members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property– goes past the East wing of the National Gallery of Art.
The March, while being constituted mainly of Americans, also saw the presence of many international groups. Among those there were Germans (the flag of the country can be seen in the middle of the picture above), Slovaks, Italians, English, and Poles. While certainly not overwhelming, the presence of foreigners helped to solidify the idea that fighting for life is not an issue limited to the United States, but is something that reverberates across the whole world.
Coming down 4th Street to turn right onto Constitution Avenue squeezed the March into a tight formation between the East and West Galleries of the National Art Museum. The flood of participants continued for hours as they made their way to the Supreme Court.
A view west down Constitution Avenue. Marchers could be seen coming like this for hours after the Rally on the Mall– at which Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) was the keynote speaker– concluded, commencing the march itself.
As the late afternoon wore on, marchers who stood in front of the Supreme Court could turn around and look at the Capitol building… the sight of all the people there was something most certainly moving.
One of the rights that comes from the first right, the right to life, is that of free speech. It was not surprising, therefore, to see a small contingent of pro-choice activists that insisted on being present at the steps of the Supreme Court. If you look closely, you can make out the small “Keep Abortion Legal” sign in the center of the crowd.
The final destination of those who took time on Monday to join in the March for Life was the Supreme Court. The hundreds of thousands of people representing a wide variety of faiths, races, nationalities, and politics were united for the single purpose of preserving the dignity of life in all its stages, but especially in its infancy and in its most defenseless beginning.