2021 March For Life Goes Virtual in the Wake of COVID-19, Safety Concerns
By Movieguide® Staff
For 48 years, proponents for pro-life have assembled in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life event. However, due to the pandemic and safety regulations around the U.S. Capitol, the march has moved to a virtual event.
Instead of an in-person march, the pro-life organizers announced a virtual demonstration on Jan. 29 and encouraged participants to stay home.
“The annual rally will take place virtually and we are asking all participants to stay home and to join the March virtually,” their statement read. “We will invite a small group of pro-life leaders from across the country to march in Washington, DC this year. These leaders will represent pro-life Americans everywhere who, each in their own unique ways, work to make abortion unthinkable and build a culture where every human life is valued and protected.”
The protection of all of those who participate in the annual March, as well as the many law enforcement personnel and others who work tirelessly each year to ensure a safe and peaceful event, is a top priority of the March for Life. (1/6)
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) January 15, 2021
Marchers in the annual event would generally walk from the National Mall up to the Supreme Court steps, where the government legalized abortion in 1973.
Unfortunately, the National Mall is scheduled to remain closed through at least Jan. 21, one day after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Moreover, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in the District of Columbia. Organizers relayed to participants that the decision to host the event virtually is out of respect for law enforcement.
“The protection of all of those who participate in the annual March, as well as the many law enforcement personnel and others who work tirelessly each year to ensure a safe and peaceful event, is a top priority of the March for Life,” the statement reads.
This year’s march, titled “Together Strong: Life Unites,” was a call for unity.
March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told CBN News, “The truth of the matter is when you talk about division, what you’re really talking about there is the devil. The devil is about division. Christ…Jesus…is about uniting. We know that bringing people together is a healing thing for our culture in these days and that it’s a necessary thing.”
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