While countless large-scale events have been canceled over the last six months with many more hanging in the balance thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, there is one event that set to proceed as scheduled in 2021: the March for Life.
According to the Catholic News Agency, the March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced on Thursday that the 2021 march will go on, pandemic or not, with the theme: “Together Strong: Life Unites.”
In an interview with EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said that the coming year’s theme is “a springboard to communicate and to educate about what the most pressing needs are of our time.”
“This year, with a 2020 that’s been so unusual in many different ways, the idea of uniting together, and how each of us brings something different to the table, how the variety is beautiful and how together we’re stronger – it just seems like the right theme,” Mancini went on. “Anything can happen with God’s grace.”
Mancini added that some expressed doubt as to whether or not there could even be a march in 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Listen, we marched during the blizzard of 2016, we’ve marched during government shutdowns, we marched after 9/11, we will march again this year,” she said. “We’ve marched for 47 years, and no sacrifice is too great to fight this human rights abuse of abortion.”
The lineup of speakers for the 2021 event is still in the works, but Mancini did confirm that Christian songwriter Matthew West will perform at the march.
West said in a statement according to the Catholic News Agency that he is “honored to be performing at the March for Life.”
“This is an important event and I look forward to proudly lifting my voice along with thousands of people from all walks of life as we gather together in Washington D.C. and send this message loud and clear: I believe every life deserves a voice,” West said. “Every child deserves a chance.”
The 48th March for Life will take place on January 29, following the tradition of marching every year around the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in all 50 states.
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