For Immediate Release-- The March for Life, the largest annual gathering on the capitol steps in Olympia, returns again this year at Noon on Tuesday, January 21. The event comes on the eve of the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in the United States.
“Washington is proving to be a great place to be a pro-lifer these days,” says March for Life president Noreen McEntee Hobson. “We have seen more pro-life officials elected and the defeat of the abortion mandate last session. Polls show strong support state-wide for legislation that would put protections in place for women seeking abortions, sound policy no matter where you are in this debate.”
The Washington State March for Life began in 1979, and has rallied every year in Olympia, drawing crowds of thousands each year. A non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization, the group invites legislators to speak to the enormous rally. While the participants are always encouraged to visit their elected officials, there is an additional push being made this year to get Marchers into offices to make their voices heard on this critical issue. The morning of the event an invitation and a single red rose are delivered to every legislator. The rose is the symbol of the Pro-life movement. Generally dozens of officials, both Democrats and Republicans, speak or are recognized.
Pro-lifers in Washington and across the country have been buoyed by a shift in law and public sentiment in recent years. In Washington, pro-life candidate Jan Angel defeated pro-abortion candidate Nathan Schlicher increasing the majority coalition in the Senate. State polls are showing mainstream approval for reasonable restrictions, such as parental notification and basic health and safety standards for facilities that perform abortions. The safety of women has been ignored in favor of unfettered access to abortion for too long, and a fundamental shift is underway. The response to the Kermit Gosnell trial made it clear that the current approach to abortion laws is wrong.
In her invitation to legislators and the governor Hobson stresses, “Women and children deserve better than abortion, and we are building a true culture of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. The pressure is on for us to uphold the inalienable right to life of each American.” Hobson continues, “We must stand up for the American dream for everyone, including women, children, the ill, and the elderly in every moment until natural death.”
The March for Life comes at an excellent time for voters wanting to stop the Abortion Mandate currently being reintroduced after failing to get out of committee in the Senate last session. It is always an opportunity to let lawmakers know that there is a strong voice for vulnerable women and for the unborn in Washington State.
For more information on the March for Life please contact us at 253-564-1497 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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