Pro-Life Supporters Engage in First 'March For Life' Since SCOTUS Overturned 'Roe'

Pro-Life Supporters Engage in First 'March For Life' Since SCOTUS Overturned 'Roe'

Students, activists, and organizations who support pro-life policies gathered on Friday in Washington, D.C., for the first annual March for Life since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states. The decision was handed down in June towards the end of the high court’s 2021-2022 session.

Now that Roe has been repealed, states are back in charge of deciding, through their voters, how they want to handle the issue, with many having already chosen to limit the procedure or ban it outright.

“The pro-life movement has just experienced a major victory in the fall of Roe v. Wade, but our work to build a culture of life is far from complete. This year’s march will reflect upon the Dobbs decision as a critical — and celebratory — milestone but will also be a time to look forward to the next steps, such as the need to continue marching annually in Washington, D.C., as well as expanding marches in the states, to advance legal protections for the unborn,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement obtained by The Daily Wire.

She added that “the next steps for pro-lifers included supporting maternity homes and pregnancy resource centers for women in need of assistance,” the outlet reported, adding:

One such group that serves pregnancy centers in the U.S. and around the world is Heartbeat International, a network of pregnancy resource centers with over 3,000 affiliates. The group, which received a surge of phone calls in the months following the leak of the Dobbs draft decision, argued that the end of Roe is only the beginning of the pro-life movement.

“The mission has not changed for us or our centers at all. What we have seen is this shift, primarily to the growth of the abortion pill,” Andrea Trudden, communications director for Heartbeat International, told The Daily Wire.

Her organization supervises the Abortion Pill Rescue Network, a group that supplies resources to help reverse pill abortions which now account for more than 50 percent of all of the procedures, according to some estimates. What’s more, those are expected to increase after the Biden FDA removed abortion pill restrictions last year.

“One reason is that abortion pills, which can be mailed, are seen as a potential way for those seeking abortions to bypass state laws,” The Daily Wire noted. “In Texas, some estimates show abortions down as much as 99% post-Dobbs, though activist groups are still concerned about the prevalence of the abortion pill.”

Trudden acknowledged the increase in medication abortions and said: “As we continue to follow what the abortion side is doing, we do need to, and are planning to, adapt a little bit more as well. We are working with technology to be able to provide similar care [remotely] as to what she would receive inside a center as well.”


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