Preparing for Post-Roe America

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Posted: Jan 15, 2022 12:01 AM

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This year may be the last January March for Life. I’ve attended many of the annual pro-life gatherings in our nation’s capital, and it’s a sight to behold. There’s always a big showing from North Dakota, thanks to the University of Mary in Bismarck. The day before the march, I almost always encounter students from Louisiana at Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. Many students spend the night in the basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, some in vigil, others catching some sleep in the side chapels and everywhere else there is space.

The March for Life is on one level a protest of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in all three trimesters of pregnancy. But, more importantly, it’s a celebration of life. Roe was decided on January 22, 1973. If it’s overturned by the Supreme Court in June, I’m hoping the march will move to that summer month and transition to a gathering of

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