March for Life 2011 Draws Enormous Crowd

Pro-lifers at the 2011 March for Life [Photo by John Jansen]

Hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans flocked to the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Monday, January 24, marking the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, and the staff of the Pro-Life Action League was privileged to be a part of this historic event.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the sold-out Students for Life of America conference, which included a workshop on sidewalk counseling conducted by Pro-Life Action League Associate JT Eschbach. Over 1,800 students attended the conference, which was by all accounts a great success.

Huge Turnout at the March

Despite frigid temperatures, the attendance at this year’s March was just as large—if not larger, according to some pro-life veterans—as it has been in recent years. The crowd felt especially massive by the time we got in front of the Supreme Court, where we could only take one step every few seconds on account of the wall-to-wall Marchers.

Groups could be seen holding banners from around the country. Even pro-lifers from outside the United States—including France, Germany, Italy, and Northern Ireland—were represented.

It is always a somber time marking this grim anniversary and remembering the over 50 million lives of unborn children who have been killed by legal abortion in the U.S. But mourning that loss is part of the important mission of pro-life activism.

And now, back to work!

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