Thousands of pro-life supporters braved the cold in Washington today (Jan. 21) for the 49th annual March for Life, which is held around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion.
This year’s March for Life event is particularly in the media spotlight as many pro-life advocates expect the Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision handed down in 1973. This year’s March for Life theme is “Equality Begins in the Womb.”
“We are hoping and praying that this year — 2022 — will bring a historic change for life,” said Jeanne Mancini, March for Life president, referencing expectations regarding the upcoming ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. (See related TAB Media Special Report interview and article featuring Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who spoke about the case.)
Battle lines may change
During the March for Life rally, Mancini noted that “no matter how Dobbs is decided, your voices, the importance of that on the federal and state levels, are all the more important. If Roe falls, the battle lines will change, but make no mistake — the fight for life will need to continue in the states and here in D.C. We need to remain vigilant and ready for action.”
Mancini thanked the crowd of pro-life advocates for their resilience and willingness to attend the event during another challenging year.
“The very fact that you’re here in very cold weather, in blizzards and government shutdowns, even in the pandemics, speaks to the fact that you’re marching for the single-most critical human rights abuse of our time,” she told the crowd. “And I’ll tell you what else it shows. Roe is not settled law.”
‘Equality begins in the womb’
Referencing this year’s theme, Mancini noted that “whether [the discussion on equality is] about racial injustice or whether it’s COVID-19, we’re hearing a lot about equality, and these are topics that need to be discussed. And 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.
“Every life has inherent human dignity, and every life matters,” she continued. “Every life should be protected from the moment of conception or fertilization. To quote Martin Luther King, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Equality begins in the womb.”
For more information about this year’s March for Life event, click here. Or, to read more about the history of March for Life, Southern Baptist’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission also published a related article.