Anti-abortion advocates from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, on Friday for the annual March for Life – the first since the Supreme Court’s conservative majority ended the federal constitutional right to an abortion.
This year’s march marks a turn in the fight against abortion rights, with opponents’ primary goal of overturning Roe v. Wade met and half of all states having banned or restricted access to abortion in most cases. But anti-abortion advocates contend that their work isn’t finished as they aim to advance legislation that restricts abortion at the state and federal levels, including setting a minimum federal standard on the procedure.
“The pro-life movement has just experienced a major victory in the fall of Roe v. Wade, but our work to build a culture of life is far from complete,” Jeanne Mancini, the head of March for Life’s Education and Defense Fund, told CNN via email before the march, the theme of which was “Next Steps: Marching Forward into a Post-Roe America.”
Mancini said the march represented a time to “reflect upon the Dobbs decision as a critical milestone” – a reference to the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that led to Roe’s reversal – as well as “a time to look forward to the next steps.”