Why I March for Life
By Lauren Green McAfee
I do not consider myself a “political” person. I rarely engage in political discussions outside the safety of my home or my close church community. But that all changed a few years ago when my family was forced to walk through a very public battle for religious liberty. This difficult journey eventually lead me to the March for Life earlier this year in Washington, D.C.
On January 27, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country descended on Washington, D.C., for the 43rd annual March for Life. The day featured a rally with pro-life speakers, (including Vice President Mike Pence) then a walk from the Washington Monument to the steps of the Supreme Court. March for Life is a movement with a vision–a vision where every human life is valued and protected. At the first march in 1974, there were approximately 10,000 participants. This year, some counts estimate more than 400,000 marchers.
In my family’s Supreme Court journey, we were fighting for the ability to continue practicing our deeply held religious convictions in our business as we always had. My family had no objection to paying for the 16 birth control pills covered by Obamacare. However, we could not in good conscience pay for the four drugs and devices that were designed to end life in the womb. Through our journey to the Supreme Court, I found a growing passion for the pro-life movement.
This is why I attended the March for Life for the first time this year. I had observed from a distance for a few years, but honestly, I didn’t know much about it. The media coverage in the past had been minimal. I did not have a good grasp of what happened in D.C. every year surrounding this event. Aren’t marches political? Aren’t they controversial? Are they even helpful? I wasn’t sure what to think. But I knew I couldn’t sit by anymore.
Finding myself walking side-by-side with brave women and men down Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol and the Supreme Court, I saw the significance of this day. I believe some marches and protests are not helpful. But, I appreciate the approach taken by March for Life–marching out of conviction, but also out of genuine love and concern for all human life. This includes a deep desire to save the lives of babies in the womb and to care for the mothers and fathers who feel that they have no alternative but abortion. The walk was joy-filled. People were passionate, and they were kind. Individuals of all ages, from all walks of life and many faith traditions, joined together to send a powerful message that life–all of life from conception to death–is valued and worthy of protection. That is a cause worth marching for.
As Dr. Seuss says “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”