One Last March for Life?
Imagining a world where the March for Life is a victory parade; where we’re holding family instead of holding signs.
With the looming SCOTUS decision to possibly overturn Roe v. Wade, participants in the March for Life may be marching their last steps on Friday, though none of the participants will be sad to hang up the marching shoes — because it would mean the sanctity of life prevailed.
This historic march was thought up by 30 pro-lifers in the Washington, DC, home of founder Nellie Gray as a way to mark the one-year anniversary of the horrible Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. That’s 48 years of marching in the dead of winter asking to save the lives of preborn children. Since its inception, the March for Life has had one goal in mind: To fight for the dignity of every human life and eventually end abortion. It has been graced with various speakers including Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade), who quit her job at an abortion clinic and became a pro-life advocate; former Vice President Mike Pence; and former President Donald Trump, who was the first president to speak at this event.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was heard by the nine justices in early December. Outside the courthouse were pro-life and pro-choice advocates. The demonstrations perpetrated by the pro-choice crowd were vapid and meant to shock. One group of women popped abortion pills on the steps of the Supreme Court just to “prove” their own bodily autonomy. This brings to mind a line from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”: The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
The Court’s decision should be announced sometime this summer. If SCOTUS decides to overturn Roe, then should the March for Life stop?
On the contrary, it should turn into a celebration. The day this happens should be commemorated as a day that a great evil was suppressed. There should be dancing instead of marching, holding family instead of holding signs. It could even be a day of remembrance for the children who were lost to abortion.
However, the work of ending abortion is far from over even if Dobbs goes in the pro-lifers’ favor, as the restrictions on ending a baby’s life in the womb will be decided on a state-by-state basis. Unfortunately, this means that states like California, New York, and Illinois are going to become a Mecca for abortion seekers. California infamously declared that it will set up abortion tourism.
This is not the only challenge to be overcome.
Pro-choice advocates have also worked very long and hard to defame pro-lifers and their intentions. Kathryn Jean Lopez, writer for National Review, states that pro-life advocates are often mischaracterized. She explains: “We don’t want to put women in jail. We don’t want them to suffer or be alone. We want women to actually be free to choose life. All too often, the pressures are too great for a woman to consider anything but abortion.”
Where there are women in trouble, there will be a need for pro-life advocates and counselors to help them know that abortion isn’t the only or even the best option out there.
The March for Life may not be needed in Washington, DC, anymore if Roe is overturned, but its precepts will never truly be realized until the lies about choosing life are eradicated and abortion becomes the unreasonable and illogical choice.
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