March for Life Coming to Harrisburg Next Year

Pro-life supporters hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court during the annual March for Life rally in Washington Jan. 18, 2019. Congress is currently debating an appropriations bill that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, say lawmakers and pro-life groups. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters) See CONGRESS-APPROPRIATIONS June 18. 2019.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Family Council announced today they will be hosting the first-ever March for Life in Pennsylvania. The event will be held in Harrisburg on May 18, 2020, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and culminating with a rally on the front steps of the Capitol along Third Street.

“We are so proud to be bringing the pro-life power of March for Life to Pennsylvania,” said Eric Failing, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. “This is an excellent opportunity to tap into the strong pro-life passion in PA to continue this important fight.”

“We’re excited to bring this outstanding display of pro-life support to Pennsylvania,” said Michael Geer, President of Pennsylvania Family Institute, the Commonwealth’s largest pro-life, pro-family statewide organization.

The March for Life started in Washington, D.C., as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. It has taken place every year since the Roe vs. Wade case was decided in 1973. Organizers have since begun reaching out to conduct rallies in other states.

“We are thrilled to bring a state March for Life to Pennsylvania,” said Bethany Peck, Director of Grassroots Engagement for March for Life. “We feel strongly called to expand the impact of the March for Life by facilitating state-wide March for Life events in state capitols across America.”

The PCC and the PA Family Council have been very active in working on pro-life legislation. Both groups helped pro-life lawmakers in the state House of Representatives pass the Down Syndrome Protection Act as well as the Compassion and Care for Medically Challenging Pregnancies Act. This fall they will work to secure passage for both of these bills in the Senate along with a fetal heartbeat bill expected to be introduced in September.