As they prepare to take their annual stand against the court decision that made the life-ending practice more widespread, pro-lifers continue to remember the many babies lost to abortion since 1973.
Friday's annual March for Life points to the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that forced abortion on America. But ever since, as Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life points out, when the court has made abortion decisions, it has moved the responsibility more and more to the states, many of which have moved in the direction of providing protections for the unborn and mothers.
"What this suggests, and the marchers are quite aware of this, is that the Roe v. Wade policy was an imposition on America that America never wanted," Pavone asserts. "America has never ceased protesting that decision ever since, and we will have a new wave of those protests here in D.C. just in a matter of days."
Women and other family members who have been impacted by abortion will also be marching, and they will be spotlighted at the Supreme Court, where the march ends.
"The women who are part of Silent No More, these are women who have had abortions, and they stand in front of the steps of the court for several hours on the afternoon of the March for Life, each individually sharing their stories of how abortion devastated them and then how they found forgiveness from God and healing," Pavone explains.
The march ending at the Supreme Court is especially important this year, as the court will soon hear arguments in a Louisiana case that could result in permitting states to regulate abortion clinics and abortionists, and it could potentially shift the entire responsibility for abortion to the states.
And as the Roe v. Wade anniversary approaches, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R) has issued a proclamation to declare Wednesday a statewide day of prayer to end abortion. Marion Miner of the Nebraska Catholic Conference is not surprised the governor would take this action.
"Nebraska is a pro-life state," he says. "Nebraska has a long record of passing laws that protect lives of the unborn as well as the welfare of their mothers. And so this is really something that's perfectly in accord with the values of this state, and I think that the response to this for the average Nebraska citizen is very positive."
Miner believes prayer is the perfect approach to this issue because it is a battle against principalities and powers.
"All of these things are going to be unavailing without recourse to spiritual help from the Author of life, and so it is absolutely an appropriate response," he tells OneNewsNow. "But of course we need to do what we can following the promptings of God to protect our fellow citizens, including the most vulnerable."
That is a call for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would do just that.
In addition to remembering the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Friday's March for Life in Washington, D.C. will also encourage people to prayerfully remember the estimated 61.6 million children who have died from abortion since the 1973 ruling.