“Sadly, Roe and 63 million Americans [are] a scar in our country’s history,” she said. “While we celebrate that we’re at this new moment, we don’t not think [about] or commemorate D-Day because we got past World War II.”
Future of the pro-life march
Keller focused his remarks on how the battle for eradicating abortion in the years ahead was not over.
“We cannot simply abandon blue states and retreat to red states,” he said, warning specifically about California’s intent to become a sanctuary tourism state for abortion.
“[They] are not content to simply allow the rest of the country to become pro-life. They are fighting tooth and nail to preserve and even expand abortion,” he said of recent efforts in California — like S.B. 1142 — to pay for out-of-state women to receive abortions in the state.
“The next steps in marching in a post-Roe America are going to involve every single one of us, at every single level of government, every single level of our churches and every single level of our families,” he said.
Duane focused her remarks on combating the widespread disinformation that has emerged after the ruling, referring to false information being spread to raise fears that abortion bans will endanger women who have miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies.
“It is simply a lie that we cannot provide appropriate medical care,” Duane said, explaining that treatments for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages are not abortion, which is the intentional destruction of a human life prior to birth.
Mancini said that the March for Life plans to be in 10 states next year, with the goal of 20 by the next.
The 2023 annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., will feature Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren. Dungy served as a head coach in the National Football League for 13 seasons and is known for his pro-life stance and story of adopting eight children.
The musical group We Are Messengers will be back by popular demand to perform at the march, and Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the TV series “The Chosen,” will be the keynote speaker at the March for Life’s Rose Dinner.
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According to a press release, the march will end at the steps of the United States Capitol instead of the Supreme Court, where it ended every year previously, symbolizing that “the power to protect the unborn” has been returned to Americans in a “new front” in the battle for life.