On Jan. 23, 53 Christians from Western North Carolina traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual March for Life. The March for Life is the largest protest in our nation’s capital each year. It is held on or near Jan. 22, to coincide with the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Roe v. Wade to peacefully seek to petition Congress for redress.
Marchers join with hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers each year from many religions, ethnicities and ages as they walk from the National Mall down Constitution Avenue to the steps of the Supreme Court.
The group from Western North Carolina included parishioners from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Franklin, Mary, Mother of God, Catholic Church in Sylva, and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville.
Ranging in age from the pre-born to senior citizens, 28 of those who went this year are 18 years old and younger. This seems to be the largest group of people who have attended the March for Life. Statistics indicate that more young people are pro-life as well as an increase in the participation of men —47% of the group was male; 53% was female.
This year the March for Life participation exceeded the allotted area in Washington, D.C., forcing the March to separate and making official numbers almost impossible to determine. The March for Life organization has stated that at least 400,000 people were present, but cannot account for all those who did not register. The WNC group was among one of the many large groups who have yet to be registered and counted; therefore actual numbers are estimated at over half a million.