For years young pro-lifers have turned out to march in droves, and the media has ignored them, but this year they seemed to take notice.
The optimism in the air at this year’s March for Life was palpable.
In fact, the mood bordered on the jubilant, as a sea of mostly young people marched down Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court to protest, possibly for the last time, Roe v Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Bearing signs proclaiming, “We Are the Post-Roe Generation,” “The Future is Anti-Abortion,” and “After Roe, There is Life,” tens of thousands of high school and college students who arrived in Washington by the busload, cheerfully endured a bitterly cold day to march for the cause of the unborn for perhaps the last time. After 49 years in which abortion on demand has been the law of the land, Roe could soon be reversed when the Court issues its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
And then something unusual happened.
After decades in which the story of the March for Life was hardly covered at all, attention was paid.The media took notice.
New York Times: “A Movement Energized”
On the day after the march —on the 49th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision— the New York Times ran an above-the-fold, extra-large photo from the March for Life. Stretching across four newspaper columns was a picture of a crowd of beaming young faces gathered on the National Mall.
The caption read “A Movement Energized. Indications the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade gave the March for Life rally in Washington a celebratory turn.”
The predominance of young people wasn’t lost on the New York Times reporter who interviewed a couple of older veterans of the march:
Doug Winne, 69, and Ruth Winne, 65, had driven two hours from Lancaster, Pa., to this year’s rally. They have attended the March for Life regularly for about 35 years, and Mr. Winne said he was encouraged by the number of younger people in attendance.
Gazing at the crowd around him, Mr. Winne said he was hopeful that younger people would continue to fight to end abortion. “We’re clearly on the older end,” Mr. Winne said. “That’s an encouragement that this isn’t just something that we, as people in their 60s, are concerned about.”