Why I Attended Both the Climate March and the March for Life

Millennial editor Robert Christian has a new article at OSV:

In January, I marched at the annual March for Life. In April, I took to the streets of Washington, D.C. once again for the People’s Climate March. On both occasions, I was motivated by the same basic impulse: to stand up for human dignity and resist the throwaway culture that Pope Francis has denounced time and time again….

The pro-life movement is changing. The movement and the March will always have a particular focus on abortion, which is entirely appropriate, given the gravity of legal abortion. But there is a growing recognition that only a whole-life approach can truly address abortion and show an authentic, consistent commitment to protecting the lives and dignity of all people. Thus, marchers carried signs that mentioned not just the unborn, but supporting their mothers, paid family leave, migrants, the unemployed, food stamps, climate change, sexual assault, human trafficking, women’s rights, human rights, people with disabilities and more….

The environmental movement is also changing. At the climate march, people of faith were formally recognized and we marched under our own banner. Giant signs displayed Pope Francis’ quotes from Laudato Si’. Catholics urged their fellow citizens to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. These were recognized as interdependent concerns that should motivate us all to support sustainable integral human development rather than being treated as competing agendas.

You can read the full article here.


Whole Life Voices and Messages at the March for Life

The March for Life is changing, Millennial writer Christopher White writes:

Since being named President of the March for Life in 2012, Jeanne Mancini has managed to give this annual March a significant makeover. Originally established to coincide with the first year anniversary of Roe, Mancini took over the reigns following the death of its founder Nellie Gray.

While some criticized Gray’s leadership as too Catholic and conservative, Mancini, who previously worked as a policy director at the Family Research Council, has spent recent years trying to transform the March to a more inclusive event-open to people of all faiths and no faith and to folks of all political persuasions.

This diversity was on display at this year’s march. A growing number of participants are focusing on building a more whole life approach and making the case for pro-life feminism.

America Media reports on this here:

And here are some signs from the march that reflect this approach:

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