Approximately 100,000 pro-life Americans marched in Washington, DC, in the world’s largest annual anti-abortion rally, and speakers expressed optimism that they will achieve the goal they have been fighting for, to overturn the legality of abortion in the United States.
Under a polar cold, the crowd of demonstrators headed towards the Supreme Court, which they said will allow states to place greater restrictions on abortion and possibly overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which made abortion a constitutional right in the U.S. The protesters were also optimistic that they will achieve the goal they have been fighting for, which is to reverse the legality of abortion in the U.S.
So it is that since 1974, pro-life demonstrators have bused into Washington as they do every January, but this year, just one day before the 49th anniversary of the Roe decision, there is a mood of hope. Pro-lifers are waiting for the court to rule on a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, whereas Roe states that at 22 weeks the fetus begins to be viable.
According to Life News, the 1973 ruling allowed more than 63 million children to die in the womb and hundreds of mothers to die from legal abortions.
Jeanne Mancini, president of the Life Defense and Education Fund that organizes the march every year, urged the Court to recognize the value of equality among all human beings from conception, and reminded the crowd that “Roe is not settled law,” but indicated that even if it falls, the fight for life must continue in every state.
“We are hoping and praying that this year, 2022, will bring a historic change for life”, the New York Times reported.
Jordan Moorman of Cincinnati, one of the participants in the march stated, “It doesn’t feel real. There’s so much hope and vibrancy and happiness and joy at this thing. I really do believe that we’re in a post-Roe generation,” he said.
Also present at the march, both in person and on video, were several pro-life Republican legislators who showed their support for the marchers.
One of the most moving testimonies came from Katie Shaw, an advocate for the disabled who has Down syndrome, and who stressed that unborn babies with disabilities are the most frequent victims of abortion.
“There is a waiting list of babies with Down syndrome to be adopted, yet 80 percent of us are aborted. I am broken-hearted to think of all my friends who are not here today because of abortion,” Katie told the crowd.
“Equality begins at the moment of conception. I am proud to be here today to march and show the world that people with disabilities need a chance to live their lives outside the womb.”