March for Life asks supporters to stay home this year
(AP) – Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s premier annual event, are calling on supporters across the country not to gather in Washington this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest.
Instead, a small group of anti-abortion leaders invited March 29, and the event will be televised live, March for Life president Jeanne Mancini announced on Friday.
“As we are in the midst of a potentially peaking pandemic, and given the increased pressures law enforcement and others are currently facing in and around Capitol Hill, the March for Life this year will be different, ”she said. “The annual rally will take place virtually and we ask all participants to stay home and join the march virtually.”
Soccer star Tim Tebow is still scheduled to deliver a speech at a virtual gala that will take place after the reduced march, Mancini said.
Mancini said she looks forward to hosting the event in person next year.
The march has been held annually since 1974, a year after the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion in the United States. Even the blizzards of 1987 and 2016 did not force the cancellation, although participation rates were lower than usual.
Local Walk for Life events were also affected this year. The Arkansas and Oregon state marches have been postponed indefinitely, while a planned march in Tucson, Ariz. Has been turned into a trailer dubbed the Road Rally for Life.
The annual National Vigil of Prayer for Life, typically held the night before the national march at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, will instead be a live-streamed event, with bishops participating virtually from across the United States. United.
A year ago, President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to address the March for Life. Trump has become a hero to many anti-abortion activists for appointing Supreme Court justices and other federal judges seen as open to the possibility of repealing or weakening the Roe v. Wade decision.
This year’s event will take place nine days after the presidential inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden, who is a strong supporter of the right to abortion.