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The March for Life is the largest and longest annual gathering in the history of the United States. About 400,000 (and growing) gather annually in Washington, D.C. in support of life and against abortion.[1] The March for Life began in 1974, on the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade (1973).[footnotes 1] In addition, over 100,000 gather around the nation in various cities. The next March for Life will be on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.[footnotes 2]

Founded by Miss Nellie Gray, who has led it ever since, she also has a non-profit organization by the same name which provides educational workshops typically the day before the March. Many organizations and groups from across the nation attend the March for Life. For example, Conservapedia has led increasing numbers to the March for Life each year beginning in 2009, and led more than a hundred participants on the very cold day of January 24, 2011.

The influence of the March for Life might be estimated to be approximately 25 times its attendance, as the average person who attends is bound to communicate his participation to 25 others (at a conservative estimate).[footnotes 3] An attendance of 400,000 thereby influences perhaps 10 million persons annually, and during a period of a decade the cumulative overall influence reaches perhaps 50 million persons in a personal way.

The March for Life has grown to participation by about 1 in every 400 Americans from East of the Mississippi River.[footnotes 4] Additional people from across the nation and out West also travel to attend the March for Life:

Year Estimated Attendance
1974 20,000[2]
1975 50,000[3]
1976 65,000[3]
2000 100,000[3]
2005 200,000[3]
2008 225,000[2]
2009 300,000
2010 400,000
2011 400,000[4]
2012 400,000[5]
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Photos from 2012 March for Life by Conservapedia

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Photos from 2011 March for Life by Conservapedia

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Photos from 2010 March for Life by Conservapedia

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Photos from 2009 March for Life by Conservapedia

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See Also

Footnotes

  1. If the anniversary falls on a weekend, then the next day that Congress is in session is used instead.
  2. The March is on May 12th in Canada each year.
  3. Some, such as clergyman, obviously influence far more.
  4. The population East of the Mississippi River is estimated to be about 178 million.

References

  1. http://www.marchforlife.org/
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=31298
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 http://www.marchforlife.org/content/view/13/26/
  4. http://prolifeleague.com/articles/60-march-for-life-2011.html . The cold weather -- 10 degrees below normal in D.C. and even colder at many points of departure -- caused some to postpone their attendance until 2012.
  5. http://ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/US.php?id=4725 . Also, an onsite report by a bus driver to a Conservapedian said there were more buses in 2012 than in 2011, when the crowd was 400,000, despite the cold rain throughout the day.