What’s the schedule for Friday?
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Pre-rally concert on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and 12th Street
12 p.m. to 1 p.m: March for Life Rally, also on the National Mall
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: The March for Life, from the National Mall to the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court
The March for Life notes that the 50th annual march will follow a slightly different route this year by going past the U.S. Capitol building before finishing between the Capitol and the Supreme Court buildings. A detailed map of the new route is available on the March for Life website here.
Several other events related to the march will take place on Friday:
Life Fest by the Sisters of Life and the Knights of Columbus (7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the D.C. Entertainment and Sports Arena.
March for Life Expo (9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Renaissance D.C. Downtown Hotel).
Silent No More Awareness Campaign testimonies (2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. outside the Supreme Court).
Rose Dinner Gala (6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel).
A full list of related events can be found on the March for Life website here.
What’s the theme?
The theme of the 2023 march is “Next Steps: Marching in a Post-Roe America.”
Who are the speakers?
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Several speakers will address the March for Life rally. The keynote speakers include actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the “The Chosen” series, and former NFL coach Tony Dungy.
Other speakers include Dr. Christina Francis, CEO-elect of AAPLOG, an association of pro-life obstetricians and gynecologists; Gina Tomes, director of the Bethlehem House Maternity Home; Sister Mary Casey with the Sisters of Life; and Casey Gunning, a teacher’s assistant and lifelong athlete in the Special Olympics.
Public officials and politicians scheduled to speak include Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who won the Dobbs Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade; House Majority Leader Steve Scalise; Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey and co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus; and Connecticut state Rep. Treneé McGhee.
Bishop Burbidge of Arlington will lead the opening prayer with American evangelist Franklin Graham delivering the closing prayer. Logan Earnest, a college Knight from George Washington University, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Ariel Walden will sing the national anthem.
For the pre-rally concert, the award-winning musical group “We Are Messengers” will perform.
What should people traveling from out of town know?