The theme for the 51st Annual March for Life is “With Every Woman, For Every Child.”
Held on January 19 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this year’s march will honor the work of pregnancy centers and maternity homes, focusing on the need to care for mother and child during the nine months of pregnancy and in the years after.
The 2024 March for Life speakers include a wide array of pro-life voices, including Benjamin Watson, former NFL tight end; Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family; and Pastor Greg Laurie and his wife Cathe, of Harvest Christian Fellowship. In 2023, the hit film Jesus Revolution, based on Greg Laurie’s autobiography, told the story of the last spiritual awakening in the United States.
“We are overjoyed to welcome these inspiring pro-life leaders at this year’s March for Life,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “For the past 51 years, the March for Life has powerfully witnessed to the tragedy of abortion, while calling for stronger protections for women and the unborn. [March] speakers will address the 2024 theme: ‘Pro-life: With Every Woman, For Every Child.’ We will also celebrate the heroic work of pregnancy care centers and maternity homes, while offering a roadmap to how we will truly achieve a life-affirming culture that respects the inherent dignity of all human life.”
In a recent Fox News op-ed, Mancino called Pregnancy Care Centers and Maternity Homes “the very backbone of our movement.”
“The leaders and volunteers behind such centers heroically work to build a culture of life. The courage that inspired so many men and women to look beyond themselves in serving others will sustain our movement as we continue lovingly walking with women and providing them with real choices and hope for a better future.”
In 2022, as the Supreme Court was about to overturn Roe v. Wade, Mancini quoted Winston Churchill when she was asked by a Washington Post reporter if the struggle was won.
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning,” she said. “Hopefully, Chapter 2 [means] doing a lot more in the states and increasing services to the moms and dads in need.”
In the article, Mancini praised the pregnancy care movement and stressed the necessity to support women facing unwanted pregnancies and the children of those pregnancies. She also noted the hundreds of millions of dollars of material support and vital services provided by pregnancy centers each year in local communities.
“We need to increase that exponentially,” Mancini said.
At this year’s March for Life, that message will be reinforced as thousands rally in the Nation’s capital.
In addition to Watson, Daly, and Greg and Cathe Laurie, speakers include: Bishop John Abdalah, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops (USA); Antonio de Mello, Community of Jesus, Brazil; Jean Marie Davis, Executive Director of Branches Pregnancy Resource Center; Aishia Taylor, author of Navigating the “Impossible”: A Survival Guide for Single Moms From Pregnancy Through the First Year of Motherhood; and Dominick Tolentino, Penn State University senior and president of Students for Life Club.
Danny Gokey, a top three finalist on season eight of American Idol and three-time Grammy Nominee, will perform leading up to the noon rally. He will also sing the National Anthem.
Roland Warren, President and CEO of Care Net, thanked March for Life for the organization’s support of pregnancy centers and maternity homes on a national stage.
“Care Net is honored that this year's March for Life is dedicated to pregnancy centers,” he said. “Pregnancy centers are the unsung heroes of our nation, providing compassion, hope, and help to hundreds of thousands women and men every year. They are making abortion unthinkable by helping parents choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.”