This year’s March for Life was a success with 500,000+ people marching peacefully for the respect for life. Christians came from many corners of America with many inspired young people, and also many other religious communities, colleges, and high schools. The mild weather was a blessing that helped bring in larger crowds, a big change over the usually chilly Washington Winter.
Media at the March for Life:
In the media area was EWTN and The Catholic Channel (Sirius/XM Satellite Radio). I did see Brian Patrick, Teresa Tomeo, and Gus Lloyd, who all are in the photo below. It was great to see all the Catholic Media, but disappointed that there was very little main stream media coverage. The Washington Post provided a half- page article the next day.
Preparations at the stage in the National Mall before speakers rally. March for Life Twitter and App were good sources of info to marchers during the day.
Supporters at the Supreme Court moments before the March for Life arrives…
There was one interesting moment this year. There was a group of people protesting the March for Life wearing bloody trousers in support of “abortion on demand”. Normally they are here each year and protest without incident on the side. But this year they came across the street and physically blocked the march. The March for Life groups were always peaceful and cooperated with the Capitol Police who handled the situation very professionally. Nobody is allowed to block a public roadway and the protestors were in violation of that law, so the Capitol Police are required to issue three warnings before making an arrest. All but about ten of the protestors gave up who were then taken away by Capitol Police in a peaceful resolution.
March for Life obstructionists who refused three warnings, were arrested by Capitol Police to allow the March for Life to continue. The whole process stopped the March for Life for about 30 minutes. The March for Life participants were very understanding and many said we need to pray for these people also — that they have a change of heart in their understanding of life.
The March went on peacefully and successfully!
Our Lady of Fatima and Drum and Pipe Corp brought the March for Life to its conclusion…until January 22, 2016.
Great Homily by Cardinal Sean O’Malley at the Vigil Mass at the 2015 March for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
St. Thomas More Society – legal assistance