March for Life Photo Essay

I didn’t know what to expect at my first March for Life last week. How would I fit in? Everyone knows pro-lifers are patriarchal, angry, white men.

African American women pro-lifers March for Life

This family marches together annually.

Rebecca Kiessling March for Life

The courageous Rebecca Kiessling*.

March for Life

Don’t you love their yellow hats?

Asian American woman pro-lifer March for Life

Chose life for her daughter 24 years ago.

Radical, right-wing extremists.

adopted from Korea March for Life

International adoptee.

March for Life sign to President

Um, Mr. President…

conceived from rape March for Life

Bold and beautiful.

Religious fundamentalists.

secular pro-lifers March for Life

Self-proclaimed secular pro-lifers.

Uneducated.

pro-life generation LSU March for Life

Here comes LSU…

Sienna College pro-life generation March for Life

and Sienna College…

Carnegie Mellon pro-life generation March for Life

and Carnegie Mellon…

Hateful.

pro-life couple  March for Life

Married, marching since 1974.

adopted not aborted father and son March for Life

Thanks, Mom and Grandma.

adoptive mother March for Life

Their Mom and Grandma with her sign.

thou shalt not kill March for Life

Love says.

Ugly.

I'm worth waiting for March for Life

“I’m worth waiting for.”

Really, really old.

birthday pro-lifer March for Life

You say it’s your birthday?

face it March for Life

Face it.

young pro-life women March for Life

Defend life.

Curmudgeons who don’t have any fun.

pro-life drummers March for Life

Boy band.

Definitely not cool.

pro-life jeans sign March for Life

He got a little “change” in his pocket.

nose ring pro-life March for Life

Pro-life generation, nose rings and all.

Illiterate.

a person is a person March for Life

The wisdom of Seuss.

Insensitive.

pro-abortive couple March for Life

Brave couple.

They don’t care about women and children.

mom with stroller baby March for Life

Marching mom.

mother with baby March for Life

Mother and child.

mother with babies March for Life

Stroller brigade.

life counts child on shoulders March for Life

Watching from Daddy’s shoulders.

In fact, they don’t care about women’s rights at all.

new wave feminists March for Life

New wave feminists are pro-life.

me and Jewels Green of Feminists for Life

Me and Jewels Green of Feminists for Life.

personhood for all March for Life

Personhood for all.

Totally irrelevant.

Capitol Hill March for Life

On Capitol Hill.

Not enough of them to cover in the news anyway.

March for Life 2013

Is this enough?

March for Life 2013

How about this?

March for Life 2013

Or this?

Just a handful of loonies.

Constitution Avenue view March for Life

View from Constitution Avenue.

Who aren’t going away anytime soon.

Old Glory March for Life

Old Glory in the March for Life.

40 years too many March for Life

40 years too many.

God’s plan looked foolish to men, but it is wiser than the best plans of men. God’s plan which may look weak is stronger than the strongest plans of men. 1 Corinthians 1:25 NLV

Let Mercy Lead by the timeless Rich Mullins.

pro life chick

pro-life chick

“Various media outlets put the estimate for this year’s March for Life crowd at between 500,000 and 650,000.” Catholic News Service

The March for Life is scheduled for January 22nd of both 2014 and 2015, marking the 41st and 42nd anniversaries of Roe v. Wade.

Every picture tells a story. What’s your favorite?

*I was surprised and delighted to run into Rebecca Kiessling in the crowds at the March for Life. To hear her story, please watch Reclaiming the Human Center of the Abortion Debate or see Rebecca’s website.

Also, if you haven’t already, please see my written report on BlogHer Walking the March for Life for the First Time.

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15 Responses to March for Life Photo Essay

  1. Libby

    Love, love, love… I think my favorites are the older couple who’ve marched together since 1974, and the brave young couple who are willing to publicly proclaim their grief and regret over their decision to abort. Thank you for all these photos, Aimee–what a treasure!

    • I know, both couples were amazing! The post-abortive couple is from the St. Louis area, so we talked about that a bit. I’m not sure I could hold up a sign like that, much less tell the story of my grief on the steps of the Supreme Court–but many brave women and men did just that. They were part of the Silent No More group, and most spoke of Rachel’s Vineyard as a point of recovery.

  2. Gretchen

    I liked the photo of the group of young women with the yellow hats. While the whole thing makes me want to cry and Cry out to God, that photo made me smile.

  3. Aimee,
    Stunning. Funny. Gracious. And heartfelt. Thank you for sharing. By the way, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check it out: http://lisenstromberg.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/spreading-blog-love/

  4. Patti Smith

    I was with Rebecca Keissling’s group Savethe1. . I was conceived in rape and I LOVE MY LIFE. The march was awesome, and your pictorial article refutes all the stereotypes of people who cherish life. I loved to see so many young people there so passionate about life. Of the estimated 600,000 marchers, I would estimate that more than half of them were under 25. I LOVE that. They are the future of this fight to abolish abortion.

    • Patti, thanks so much for coming by and commenting! Savethe1 has such a powerful, important message and you tell it with your very lives. I love your bold witness to the truth.

  5. My wife and I are friends with a woman who made the trip as well. She said it was her first and last time. She did NOT have a good trip. Some times I think it just happens that way, sometimes I think it’s spiritual warfare. She was supposed to give her testimony. She was with a group that was in front of the Supreme Court. Right before she was to speak an announcement was made that a suspicious package had been found and the entire area was evacuated. She spent the next several hours with many others several blocks away I believe at a subway terminal.

    This woman is a strong Christian. She’s got a fervor that is wonderful to see. She also had an abortion years ago before she became a Christian. She has two young children now.

    She had an interesting take on the whole thing, specifically as someone who’s had an abortion and in some respects might still be considered a babe in Christ – though she’s been saved for several years now and spends a lot of time in Bible studies. She does BSF and goes to church. Funny but understandable statement of hers, she doesn’t like most Christians.

    Anyhow, she rode with a group which many seemed very puffed up and proud. “Look at what we’re doing!” She also felt that many of them were looking at the movement and potential/post abortive women in the wrong way. Lastly and most interestingly, she took great umbrage at the sign, “I regret my abortion”. In her words, she doesn’t regret her abortion. Most would lose it at that point wondering how she can call herself a Christian or pro-life, etc. Her followup was that she’s free in Christ. In other words, she’s saying that she repented when she came to Christ and that she’s forgiven. She’s moved on and I think that’s a wise thing that many of us who call ourselves Christians could learn and meditate on in a variety of situations. If we are truly free and saved, why do we continue to beat ourselves up with regret over past sins that Christ has thrown to the bottom of the sea and forgotten?

    • Hi, WA. Nice to see you here.

      I must have left before the whole suspicious package evacuation happened. I didn’t even hear about it, which is telling in itself that there was no news coverage of this bomb scare on the Supreme Court steps. Hmm. Now I wish I’d stayed longer to tell that part of the story, too.

      Do you know if the people in your friend’s group knew she was post-abortive? If so, I wish they’d been more sensitive and supportive to her. There’s a lot we as pro-lifers and Christians could learned from her experience. And I can see your friend’s point about the sign, though I think those carrying the signs were making an important statement. In Christ, we are free from past sins–but most of us still live with at least some of the consequences. The couple in the essay with the “regret” signs are also Christians from the St. Louis area. This is how they choose to deal with their grief. They want to tell the truth. I can’t fault them for shedding light on what the aftermath of abortion is like for some people.

  6. Thanks for sharing this. Great post! I got chills when I saw the photo of the couple expressing regret over an abortion in the past. So moving. This is my first stop by your blog…and I’m loving it!

    Emily

  7. What a powerful experience! It’s so cool that you got to do that. And I’m so glad that some feminists are out there! And, as someone who wants to adopt, I am already so thankful for the children that Andrew and I will have whose biological mothers do not choose abortion. Thanks for sharing all of these pictures.

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