The 2022 March for Life occurred in Washington on Friday and saw tens of thousands of pro-life citizens call for an end to government-sanctioned abortion in the United States.
The march has been held yearly since 1973 when the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, which established abortion to be a fundamental right that governments must respect.
After almost 50 years, the Supreme Court appears set to finally overturn Roe or at least roll back abortion rights in a case currently pending before the court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. That case arises from a dispute over a Mississippi state law prohibiting most abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.
At oral arguments in the case last month, the conservative justices on the court indicated they are inclined to side with upholding the Mississippi law. Deciding in favor of Mississippi would require a significant revision of the holding in Roe and subsequent cases. If Roe is overturned, abortion would be outlawed right away in at least a dozen states, with several others appearing set to follow. A final judgment is likely before the conclusion of the current term in June.
Participants at this year’s March for Life felt re-energized about the prospects of defending the lives of unborn children due to the impending Supreme Court decision. President of Students for Life Kristan Hawkins said that the pro-life movement, especially young people, feels that something big is “on the horizon.”
March for Life President Jeanne Mancini issued a press release saying the group is “hoping and praying” for 2022 to bring about historic changes to protect life. Mancini said that while it is impossible to know what the Supreme Court will do, “it looks very positive.” In her remarks at the march, Mancini said that equality begins at the earliest stages of life and that every human life has inherent dignity.
Other speakers at the march included Reps. Julia Letlow (R-LA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and actor and pro-life activist Kirk Cameron.
Mancini told Fox News after the rally that if the court overturns Roe, her group’s work will be just beginning a new chapter. She said that in taking the fight to state legislatures, the mission of March for Life will be to create a culture “where abortion is unthinkable.”