January 25, 2013, will bring hundreds of thousands of people to Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. Tens of thousands more will attend companion events in other parts of the US. Some will carry signs, some will pray the rosary, and others will chant pro-life slogans.
In Washington, the site of the oldest and largest rally, participants will walk through the streets, en route to the Supreme Court building. Despite the challenges of a midwinter outdoor event, the March is always held in January to commemorate the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that opened the doors to legalized abortion. This year’s March is especially significant: January 22 marks the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Does It Matter?
I began attending the March while I was in elementary school. As I reflected on all the different times I’ve gone—this will be something like my tenth year—I remembered a lot of things. Youth rallies, pro-life club t-shirts, sack lunches. That time there was a foot of snow on the ground. Riding the Metro to and from DC, packed like sardines.
The time that most…
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