This event leaves a lasting hope that our country will restore the dignity of every human person, from conception to grave. We are made in the image of God who is Life, and wills the good of each person. May we in our lives and in our country give glory to God who made us, became Incarnate to be one of us, died to redeem us and rose from the dead to show us life. Continue to join with the many people of our great nation who value the rights of each person, and beg God to change our hearts and put an end to murder of the unborn.
The History of the March for Life (provided by the Diocese of Saginaw)
The MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, D.C. began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary each year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.
In October, 1973, months after the Roe v. Wade decision, a group of thirty pro-life leaders gathered in the Washington, D.C. home of our founder, Nellie Gray, to discuss how to commemorate the one year anniversary of Roe. There was a fear that January 22 would pass as any other day rather than allow for a moment to reflect upon how legalized abortion had hurt women and taken the lives of babies.
Today the MARCH FOR LIFE is the largest civil rights event in the world. Over the past 40 years, millions of people have traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life. Locally, in the past 8 years, over 3,000 young people and adults from the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw have attended.
We now know that the impact is much greater than anticipated. It affects the mother, father, baby, and indeed, all of society. There have been countless stories of the young pro-life activists who were ‗born‘ out of the March for Life, and are now changing the face of the pro-life debate. The March for Life is the engine of the pro-life movement and we are all indebted to Nellie Gray.
January 22, 1973 is ingrained in the minds of pro-life supporters. On that infamous historic day the Supreme Court invalidated 50 state laws and made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the United States in the now-infamous decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.
|Greeting Marchers at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception|