Report by Paula Antolini
January 27, 2017 10:10AM EDT
The 44th Annual ‘March for Life’ 2017 is Friday, Jan. 27th, Vice President Pence Will Speak
“Even the smallest person can change the course of history.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
The March for Life 2017 (MFL) begins today, Jan. 27th, and takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C., on the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal.
The March for Life is is the largest pro-life rally in the world and the march has taken place each year since 1974 to protest the Supreme Court decision.
Thousands upon thousands of Americans flock to the Nation’s Capital every January to remember the more than 55 million Americans who have been lost to abortion. “We march to remember the moms and dads who have suffered from the pain of abortion. We march with the vision of a culture of life, one where every child is welcomed into life, and protected by law,” is stated on the March for Life website.
The theme of this year’s march is The Power or One. “One person can make a difference in the world, whether in the life of one person or many. Sadly, in the U.S. alone, more than 1 million babies are not even given the opportunity to live and change the world each year. Building a culture of life and ending abortion takes each and every person. Starting with your family or neighborhood, our collective efforts will change hearts and minds, save lives, and build a culture of life,” reads their website.
This year Vice President Mike Pence will be the first sitting vice president to speak in person at the event in 43 years of the event’s history.
Pence tweeted on Jan. 26th: “Honored to meet with Pro-Life leaders in my office tonight. Just told them I look forward to addressing National @March_for_Life on Friday.”
Rally & March Information
11:45 a.m. Musical Opening with Transform DJs
12:00 p.m. Rally Program
1:00 p.m. March up Constitution Avenue to Supreme Court and Capitol Building
3:00 p.m. Silent No More testimonies outside U.S. Supreme Court
3:30 p.m. Visit your Representative or Senator to advocate for life
- Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to President Trump.
- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City.
- Benjamin Watson, Tight End for the Baltimore Ravens.
- Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Director and founder of “And Then There Were None”.
- Karyme Lozano, Mexican telenovela star.
- Eric Metaxas, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and host of The Eric Metaxas Show.
- Bishop Vincent Mathews Jr., President at Church of God In Christ World Missions.
- Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).
- Rep. Mia Love (R-UT).
- Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).
The March for Life Rally will take place at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm.
If you cannot participate in the March for Life 2017 in Washington, D.C. click here for other event locations.
Participants should be aware that due to heightened security concerns, all will be required to go through airport-type screening to reach the rally site. The screening stations will be on the Washington Monument grounds directly north of the Monument near 16th Street. Screening will begin at 9:00 AM. Please allow extra time to get to the rally site.
Prohibited Items that will be screened for are listed below. Surrendered items will not be returned, will not be available for pick-up.
∙ Animals other than service/guide animals
∙ Bags and signs exceeding size restrictions
∙ Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
∙ Glass, thermal, or metal containers
∙ Laser pointers
∙ Mace / Pepper spray
∙ Selfie Sticks
∙ Supports for signs and placards
∙ Toy guns
∙ Weapons of any kind
∙ Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
Sign up for March for Life text message alerts for last-minute updates: Text WHYWEMARCH to 99-000.
UPDATE Jan. 27, 2017, info. posted 1:45PM EDT :
For the first time in the history of the March For Life a sitting Vice President addressed the audience.