The thuds of hundreds of thousands of footsteps could be heard on the pavement in Washington D.C. Signs, people, and voices fill up the streets. Tens of thousands of people are pushed tightly up against the metal fences, huddled together to fight the cold. Hands are tightly coiled around the bright, eye-catching signs that were so diligently made. The crowd becomes loud as Donald Trump steps up to the podium.
On January 24th, 2020, the 47th annual March for Life was held in Washington D.C. The March for Life annual March for Life protests both the practice and legality of abortion. This march is held in Washington, D.C. on, or around, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court legalizing abortion nationwide. Because of this the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. The mission of the march is to “end abortion by uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.”
Created by Nellie Gray, the first-ever March for Life was held on January 22, 1974. Originally, the March for Life event was intended to be a one-time ordeal. The March for Life ultimately wants the United States Supreme Court to reverse Roe. v. Wade. When it was not reversed, Gray decided to take steps to make it an annual event in hopes of a change.
Every year since the march began in 1974, attendance has grown tremendously. In 1987, an estimated 10,000 people attended. Later in 1995 around 45,000 people were in attendance. The organizers of the event claimed that in 2011 400,000 people participated in the march.
According to WUSA, this year is the first year in history that a United States President has spoken at the event. Many people came to the event in hopes that Donald Trump would be there, and he did not disappoint. In 2019 Trump spoke at the event via satellite, but this year he made the decision to come to the event personally. At last year’s march, The President said, “I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence: the right to life.”
“We are very grateful to have someone who believes in the same things we believe, and he’s here as the first president to speak live, that’s enormous,” said one woman participating in the event.
The March for Life is a highly attended and supported event but will the goal ever be met? Holding this event is a good way to spread awareness for what they want to happen, but will the Supreme Court ever reverse the Roe. v. Wade? I believe that the March for Life will continue to be a highly attended and supported event that will continue annually, and I hope to one day be able to go to this event personally and see the event through my own eyes.