LIVE UPDATES: The March for Life 2023
The crowd at the 2018 March for Life in Washington, D.C. / Jonah McKeown/CNA
Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2023 / 07:11 am (CNA).
The 50th anniversary of the March for Life kicks off today, Jan. 20, approximately seven months following the supreme court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case which legalized abortion across the nation.
Follow along here for live updates of the march, all times are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time:
*Jan. 20, 9:20 a.m.*
As pilgrims and visitors prepare to march on Washington D.C. in support of life, some have wondered why the March for Life still continues despite the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Did you know that the March for Life has aspirations not only for pro-life laws but a pro-life culture? You can read more about that here, and 7 other interesting facts pro-lifers should know about this year's March for Life.
*Jan. 19, 5:00 p.m.*
Thousands of pilgrims from across the nation gather at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. for the opening Mass in the National Prayer Vigil for Life. The main celebrant of the Mass was Bishop Michael Burbidge of the nearby Arlington Diocese.
Burbidge was recently elected to chair the U.S. Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Pilgrims gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. on Jan. 19 to pray for the unborn. Lauretta Brown
The basilica was filled with young people, including loads of high school and college students, many of whom have traveled to the basilica in preparation for the march.
Just came from the packed National Prayer Vigil for Life Mass @MarysShrine where many young people from all over the country gathered to pray ahead of the @March_for_Life tomorrow pic.twitter.com/wZSHJIGkAq
— Lauretta Brown (@LaurettaBrown6) January 20, 2023