WASHINGTON, D.C.—Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio (left in photo) today led some 40 members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS), in the annual March for Life on the National Mall. The delegation included a group of Catholic cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, active-duty service personnel, Catholic military chaplains, and AMS staffers. The peaceful, pro-life demonstration was joined by tens of thousands on the one-mile route from the Washington Monument to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Roe v. Wadedecision, legalizing abortion, was handed down 46 years ago. The theme of March for Life 2019 was “Unique from Day One.”
Archbishop Broglio said:
“Once again today believers in the innate dignity of the human person take to the avenues of Washington, DC to proclaim the worth of every person. Everyone from conception to the moment of natural death has inalienable rights and we rejoice in the privilege of affirming those rights on the anniversary of a regrettable decision of the Supreme Court. May the March for Life reaffirm our commitment to serve the truth, to respect everyone, and to unite in prayer.”
Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, made a surprise appearance on the Mall, giving an unannounced pro-life speech, and President Trumpaddressed the demonstrators by video, vowing to reject any legislation passed by the new, Democrat-controlled House that would expand abortion access. Other speakers at March for Life 2019 included Mr. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; members of Congress; Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Pro-Life Committee; and other dignitaries.