March for Life 2019

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March for Life 2019

March for Life participants walk towards the Supreme Court building on January 18th.

March for Life participants walk towards the Supreme Court building on January 18th.

Melissa Dulik

March for Life participants walk towards the Supreme Court building on January 18th.

Melissa Dulik

Melissa Dulik

March for Life participants walk towards the Supreme Court building on January 18th.

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BRUNSWICK, OH-  Despite the government shutdown, thousands took to the streets of the nation’s capital on Friday January 18th to show their support for the pro-life stance. (Note: While the pro-life movement is all encompassing (anti-death penalty), and “pro-abundant life” as many signs stated (supporting the homeless), the march mainly focuses on the issue of abortion- taking place near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade each year.)

The 46th annual march, from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building, sought to remember the lives lost since Roe v. Wade, as well as demand change to legislation from the national government.

At the National Mall, popular speakers took to the podium to express their views. Dr. Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights of the Unborn with Priests for Life, and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Ben Shapiro, political activist; Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee; and congressmen and state representatives from both the Democratic and Republican Parties spoke prior to the march.

Shapiro’s speech in particular received attention from several mainstream media outlets, due to his addressing the hypothetical question of whether or not one should have killed a baby Adolf Hitler.

“The truth is that no pro-life person on earth would kill baby Hitler … baby Hitler wasn’t Hitler – Adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby” stated Shapiro.

Shapiro defended his comment in a tweet, stating:

“… The argument was simple: pro-choicers sometimes argue that abortion lowers crime rates. It is immoral to kill children because of what they might become in the future.”

The march also made news after an interaction occurred between students from Covington Catholic High School and adult Nathan Phillips. Conflicting accounts have been reported from both parties involved, as well as many social media users. Video clips of the interaction though, some shortened and some full-length, have sparked a conversation about journalistic integrity.

While this year’s march made headlines in many not-so-positive ways, those in attendance found it to be an enjoyable time. Despite Winter Storm Harper, the weather remained clear and in the upper 30s for the duration of the march. The crowd, which consisted of young people in the majority, sang and chanted for the approximately one and a half mile walk, with a moment of silence while passing the Supreme Court building.

All are welcome at the March for Life. Next year’s march is set to take place on January 24th, 2020. For more information on pro-life issues, events, and more, visit marchforlife.org.

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