Local Events, State March Mark 48 Years, 60 Million Lives

Grand Rapids, MI — January 22, 2021 is the 48th memorial of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the U.S. Supreme Court cases which legalized abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Since 1973, legalized abortion has taken the lives of an estimated 60 million unborn children.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “We’ve reached another grim milestone. Even though abortions have been decreasing in America for 30 years now, there are so many lives still being taken. These children were our own sons and daughters who deserved to live as much as we do.”

Prolife Michigan citizens are organizing many events to mark the anniversary, mourn the loss of lives, and show support for the sanctity of all human life. Sunday, January 17 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, first recognized by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Listing said, “Our elected officials and judges in many cases have blindly led us to this point of 60 million deaths. With a very different U.S. Supreme Court and prolife states around the country, we hope to see many improvements in legal protections for unborn children in the coming days and perhaps the end of Roe v. Wade.”

This year, because of the difficulties of traveling to the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., Right to Life of Michigan is cosponsoring Ingham County Right to Life’s annual rally at the Michigan Capitol, along with Protect Life Michigan. The event has been retitled “Michigan’s Roe v. Wade Memorial and March,” and will begin at the Capitol on January 27 at 1 p.m.

Listing said, “We’re looking forward to being outside, snow or shine, together again as a prolife movement in Lansing on the 27th. We need our state government leaders to understand that taking the lives of unborn children is no way to lead America to respecting the value of their fellow citizens’ lives.”

The event will feature prolife speakers at the Capitol and a memorial, followed by a march around the Capitol. Right to Life of Michigan affiliates and prolife student groups around the state are planning on attending.

Many Right to Life of Michigan affiliates are also hosting their customary local events around the January 22 memorial and Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Two affiliates are still planning trips to the National March for Life, which is scheduled for January 29.

Listing said, “The strength of the prolife movement is in the grassroots people who refuse to ever leave unborn children voiceless. It is through their commitment that we will see a day when unborn children are treated equal again in the laws of our state and nation.”

For more information: Right to Life of Michigan Director of Communications Chris Gast, (616) 304-5532, info@rtl.org.

Background information:
Michigan March for Life
RLM affiliate events
U.S. abortion stats

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