WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – Thousands of young Americans gathered in the nation’s capital for the life and overthrow of Roe against Wadebut with the determination to continue and finally put an end to abortion.
The 50th annual March for Life took place on the National Mall, bringing people of all ages from across the country to advocate for life. With thousands in attendance, fears turnout would dwindle in the face of the overthrow of Roe were decreased.
One message made clear to Breitbart News is that pro-life Americans feel that work to end abortion has only just begun in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. Many think of creating a “culture of life” to “make abortion unthinkable.”
Part of building that culture will be through legislation – a major change in March this year, as the final destination is no longer the Supreme Court, but rather the Capitol.
Arguments by many were not based solely on belief, but focused on scientific evidence that human life begins at conception, which Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to call abortion advocates a “modern society on a flat earth” during his speech at the rally.
Smith said it is the “most critical human rights issue of our time” and added that Judge Samuel Alito gave every American an “engraved invitation to protect life” in his Dobbs opinion.
“Today we celebrate: Roe is gone!” Smit continued. “The injustice of abortion doesn’t have to be forever, and thanks to you it won’t be.”
House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) also addressed the crowd, saying that “we are in a battle” that is not over yet, but that Americans should take time to “celebrate victories along the way” such as the overthrow of Roe.
The Dobbs decision only marked the “end of the first phase of this battle,” he continued, saying that the next phase has only just begun.
America is one of “a handful of countries that allow this barbaric process,” sharing that business with countries like China and North Korea, Scalise said. “We must continue to march.”
Breitbart News spoke to many young Americans, all of whom called for a total ban on abortion, including in cases of rape and incest. “They are still innocent lives,” said one student, continuing that the circumstances of their conception should not mean that they are not human beings worth living.
Ever since Dobbs was handed down, the decision to regulate abortion was returned to the state legislature. Therefore, various methods have been introduced in many states to reduce abortion. Some states have passed 15-week abortion bans, while others have passed heart rate bills (after about six weeks), and still others have banned the practice entirely except in certain circumstances.
Ultimately, attendees told Breitbart News, there will come a time when life itself needs a legal definition that applies nationally, because it is untenable to view life as one thing in one state and as something very different in another.
For now, however, progress will need to be made at the state level as pro-life Americans begin to build a culture of life to make national policies politically viable.
Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.