March for Life Over the World/ “For Life” Magazine no. 12, Spring 2023

The world’s first March for Life was held in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 1974, following the January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions, which required all U.S. states to allow abortion on demand and for virtually the entire duration of pregnancy. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, restoring to the states the right to legislate abortion at the state level.

March for Life Washington, D.C., January 20, 2023
“Next Steps: Marching into a Post-Roe America.”

Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Washington:
Friends, over the past 50 years, the March for Life has become the largest human rights movement in the world.

Even though the March was born in reaction to the Roe decision, it doesn’t end after the Roe decision is reversed. Why? Because we didn’t finish everything we had to do. Let me repeat: we’re not done yet.
We will continue our march until the violation of human rights through abortion becomes history. We will continue our march until abortion becomes unthinkable.

Lynn Fitch, Mississippi:
Abortion law changed because of our case in Mississippi. Now we can protect life. But our journey doesn’t end there. It doesn’t end until we give vulnerable women and their children what they need to thrive, until we make changes in our law that are compassionate to all lives, and until we change the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.

Summer Smith, Liberty University Students for Life President, Virginia:
My mom was an 18-year-old senior about to graduate when she found out she was pregnant. And like most women in her situation didn’t feel prepared or ready to have a child and my heart aches for what she went through. It is a very hard and scary situation and instead of feeling safe enough to reach out for support, my mom felt afraid and alone. And the reason that I am pro-life is because I don’t want anyone to go through what my mother went through.

If our generation doesn’t step up and care for the child, the mother, and the father, there is no movement and this sacred movement will die. We cannot stay idle or stay silent, so get involved.
We only have one life on this earth, one chance to end abortion, one chance to support women like my mom and I encourage you to stay courageous for truth in love to see innocent lives protected, and to see abortion abolished in our lifetime.

Gina Tomes, founder of Bethlehem House Maternity Home in Omaha for mothers in crisis pregnancy:
96% of housed women never end up living on the streets again
86% give up substance use forever
85% become financially independent as a result of ongoing support, material help and counselling

Casey Gunning, young woman with Down syndrome:
I have Down syndrome, but Down syndrome does not define me. God defines me. God has put a value on every life: he says we are priceless. Born or unborn, disabled or not, we are all priceless.

To all people with Down syndrome, especially those whose lives are threatened in the womb, I say: We need you and you need us!

March for Life Los Angeles, January 21, 2023
“Our Mission is Love”

Lauren Constabile, founder of Heart of Joy International:
The fact that the people I love so much are not seen as the beautiful gift they are has had a profound impact on me. So this inspired me and I felt called to create something to help them, because I know that they are not a burden, they are the greatest gift.

Chika Anyanwu, motivational speaker:
Being consistently pro-life means caring about and defending life at every stage of development in the mother’s womb.

March for Life Paris, January 22, 2023

Nicolas Tardy-Joubert, President of March for Life:
Our goal is to put solidarity back on the agenda.

March for Life Berlin, September 17,2022

Hubert Hüppe, parliamentarian:
Dreptul la viață este cel mai important drept fundamental. Dacă nu îl ai, nu rămâi cu nimic altceva.

March for Life London, September 3, 2022
“10 Million Too Many”

Hayley, a woman who regrets having an abortion 22 years ago under pressure from her partner:
As I lay on the operating table a few hours later, I felt an overwhelming realisation that I wanted my baby so badly.

Amritei, a young mother whose baby girl was saved by a pro-life doctor with the help of the abortion reversal pill:
One day I made a horrible choice, I was very overwhelmed and ended up taking the abortion pill. Within seconds I regretted it, sobbed my eyes out, broke down emotionally and said to myself, “I want this baby more than anything”. The guilt I felt was so strong….

National March for Life and Family Warsaw,
September 18, 2022
“I Promise You”

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland:
I am very glad that you are marching again on the streets of Warsaw. Grandparents, parents, children and parents-to-be form a great, happy community here today. Together you publicly confess your commitment to the highest ideals. You express your conviction that a strong family means a bright future for our country. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.

March for Life Zurich, September 17, 2022
“24 hours for life”

Bernarda Brunovic, the singer born without sight, often talks about her parents’ pro-life choice despite doctors’ recommendations to have an abortion

Dermot Kearney, cardiologist:
Life begins at conception: “This is a scientific and biological truth.”