Freezing weather and city-wide mandates in the nation’s capital could not stop Grand Rapids Right to Life from sending 13 buses, almost 700 people, from Michigan to Washington, DC, for the 49th annual March for Life.
An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 marchers peacefully demonstrated against the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion-on-demand in all fifty states.
The opening rally featured inspiring speakers such as Kirk Cameron, actor; Fr. Mike Schmitz, host of “Bible in a Year” podcast; Lisa Robertson from Duck Dynasty, who emotionally shared the regret she experienced over her decision to abort a baby; and Katie Shaw, a young woman with Down syndrome who advocates for the right to life of disabled people.
Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, explained 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.”
Those in attendance marched with optimism that this would be the last year prolife people would mark the January 22, 1973, ruling that legalized the killing of unborn children in the womb. With the U.S. Supreme Court justices considering the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, the hope is that the egregious 1973 ruling will be overturned.
Photos from the March for Life can be viewed on the Grand Rapids Right to Life Flickr page.