On January 24, 2020, the 47th annual “March for Life” took place. Participants marched from Constitutional Ave to Capitol Hill to support and promote a pro-life agenda and protest abortion.
The yearly marches began in 1974 after the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling of Roe v Wade which allowed for the legalization of abortions nationwide.
“We are trying to expose all the kids from Saint Patrick’s School and Church to the pro-life movement and take a stand for the unborn.” Todd Davin, March activist and chaperone said.
There are two sides to every argument.
“It’s not pro-life, that’s a false description, its pro tyranny, you know. This is the essence of tyranny, Trump will use these people to remove himself from being removed from power.” Said a man who initially referred to himself as “Jesus Christ” but preferred to be called “Bruce.” One of his other arguments was that a “Un-Betsey Devos education would be wonderful.”
Since 1974, no standing president ever attended or took part in the march. President Trump is the first standing president to ever make an address at the “March for Life” toward the crowds of pro-life activists. Many who attended the march were glad to see the support of President Trump.
“Abortion is a horrible thing. If you ask me if I am pro-life, no I am not, I am anti-abortion. He [President Trump] addressed the crowd and he was great. His speech was awesome, and yes I think he has done a lot by making sure pro-life measures were incorporated in many of the bills he passed.” Steve Merroy, an active participant of the March for Life movement since 1977.
Thousands of church, university, and high school members who attended the march showed support and promoted a pro-life agenda. Live music and chanting echoed through the streets leading to Capitol Hill.
Activists wore hats with varying colors to symbolize the organization they represented. Activists also dressed in costumes to express their belief and further make the point that “all lives matter.”
Those who attended are hopeful that in the years to come, abortion will be outlawed or at least restricted highly to the basis that the mother of the unborn child was a victim of rape according to Chad Smith, participant and supporter of the March for Life.
By Alex Fernandez