The annual March for Life rally took place Friday in DC, one day before the 49th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Church groups, students, and young people made up a large number of the marchers, who were in an optimistic mood this year in light of the Supreme Court’s recent actions.
According to AP:
Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, told the crowd that Roe is not settled law and “we are hoping and praying that this year, 2022, will bring a historic change for life.”
“It doesn’t feel real. There’s so much hope and vibrancy and happiness and joy at this thing,” said Jordan Moorman of Cincinnati. “I really do believe that we’re in a post-Roe generation.”
The Rev. Andrew Rudmann, a Catholic priest from New Orleans, was attending his 11th event. “Hopefully this will be the last March for Life,” he said.
“Sometimes I would come to the March and it would be great to be united with people who share my beliefs, but there would also be this heaviness,” he said. “This time the whole language and vibe is different.”
The celebratory and triumphant mood of the day was perhaps best encapsulated by a contingent from New York City that bounced past the Supreme Court building with dancing nuns and drummers playing Latin rhythms.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris released a statement in response Saturday morning, saying they were committed “to ensuring that this country is not pushed backwards on women’s equality.”