Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest. policies.
Instead, a small group of invited anti-abortion leaders will march Jan. 29 and the event will be livestreamed, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini announced Friday.
“Since we are in the midst of a pandemic that may be reaching its peak, and given the heightened pressures that law enforcement and others are currently facing in and around the Capitol, the March for Life this year will be different,” she said. “The annual rally will be held virtually and we ask all participants to stay home and join the march virtually.”
Football star Tim Tebow is still scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a virtual gala to be held after the reduced march, Mancini said.
Mancini said she looks forward to hosting the in-person event next year.
The march has been held annually since 1974, a year after the Roe v. Wade of the Supreme Court who legalized abortion in the United States. Even the blizzards of 1987 and 2016 didn’t force the cancellation, although turnouts were lower than usual.
Local March for Life events have also been impacted this year. State marches in Arkansas and Oregon have been postponed indefinitely, while a planned march in Tucson, Arizona has been turned into a caravan of cars dubbed the Road Rally for Life.
The annual National Prayer for Life Vigil, usually held the day before the National Walk at the National Shrine Basilica 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 US president to speak at the March for Life. Trump has become a hero to many anti-abortion activists for appointing Supreme Court justices and other federal justices seen as open to the possibility of overriding or weakening the Roe v. Wade.
This year’s event will take place nine days after the presidential nomination of Democrat Joe Biden, who is a strong proponent of abortion rights.
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