The March for Life has been held every January, around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, since 1974. Luckily, the March itself always takes place outdoors, with pro-life advocates walking down the National Mall toward the Supreme Court building — and since outdoor protests like Black Lives Matter have not led to COVID-19 spikes, I believe the March for Life can continue to operate safely. But the ecosystem of indoor events that has grown up around the March for Life over the years is another matter. Those auxiliary events have largely been cancelled (the National Pro-Life Summit) or gone virtual (the O'Connor conference at Georgetown). To be clear, that's the right decision; I am not complaining, and I know this is a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. I am merely, as a human being, struggling to process all the changes the pandemic has thrown my way.
Where was I? Right! The March for Life! Although we march every year for the same basic reason — to register our protest against Roe and memorialize the millions of innocent human beings destroyed by abortion — the pro-life cause is multi-faceted, and each March for Life has a particular theme. For instance, the most recent March for Life focused on pro-life feminism to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The 2019 theme was "Unique from Day One," focused on the science of life at fertilization.
The 2021 March for Life theme, just announced last night, is "Together Strong: Life Unites." I couldn't have selected a better theme for these tumultuous times. The pro-life movement unites people of all backgrounds — every age, gender, race, and religion (including no religion!) — to protect the most vulnerable members of the human family. Secular Pro-Life is honored to play a role in this diverse campaign for human rights.
P.S. — Since we are saving on the cost of conference exhibit booths this year, we are thinking about using that money to order custom masks and distribute them at the March for Life. Is there a particular pro-life slogan you'd like to see on our masks? Let us know in the comments!