March for Life and Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rallies in Washington D.C.

Annual March For Life Held In Washington DC
••• Thousands of anti-abortion protesters walk past the U.S. Capitol building during the 43rd annual March for Life January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 

Each January, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Americans rally in Washington D.C. and exercise their freedoms of speech and petition. Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court decision decided in 1973 making abortion legal in the United States. The issue of abortion and a woman’s right to choose has remained controversial and politically charged ever since.

Both the March for Life and Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rally and Celebration are peaceful demonstrations and they are the largest pro-life/pro-choice rallies in the world.

No matter what your stance on the topic may be, here are all the details for this year’s rallies.

Getting to the National Mall and the Supreme Court

The best way to get to any large gathering on the National Mall is by taking public transportation. The closest Metro stations to the National Mall are Archives/Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square, Federal Triangle, and L'Enfant Plaza.

The closest Metro Stations to the Supreme Court are Union Station and Capitol South.

Parking near the National Mall can prove to be difficult, as with most areas in this popular part of Washington D.C., so if using the Metro is not possible, contact a local taxi service, or use a cab on-demand mobile phone apps such as Uber or Lyft or a rideshare service like Via.  

Where to Stay for the Rallies

Staying near the National Mall, even at a modest hotel like the Holiday Inn can set you back well over $300 per night. Since Washington, D.C., has a great Metro system, you may want to stay further from downtown, or even in nearby Chevy Chase, Maryland, or Tysons, Virginia, to save quite a bit of money during your stay.

March for Life Rally, Conference, and March Information

This year, the 45th annual March for Life, pro-life, "Love Saves Lives" rally took place at noon, on Friday, January 19, 2018, at the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue.

Following the rally, the March began on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th streets at approximately 1 p.m. Various pro-life organizations hold events before and after the march each year, including a conference/expo at the Renaissance Washington D.C., Downtown Hotel preceding the march.

The conference is designed to provide marchers with in-depth education on the yearly theme, which is "Love Saves Lives" for 2018. The speakers and training sessions provide information and training tools for marchers to return home equipped to spread the pro-life message in their communities. 

This year's keynote speaker is Stephanie Gray, a faculty member of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, where she trains law students from around the world about conversing persuasively on abortion. Gray has given over 800 pro-life presentations across North America as well as internationally including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Latvia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. 

In addition to the nondenominational march and rally, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington also hosts a March for Life youth rally and mass every year at the Capitol One Arena.

Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rally Information

No information regarding the annual Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rally and Celebration was available for 2018. In the past, pro-choice groups organized rallies such as The National Organization for Women and NARAL Pro-Choice America that gathered at the site of the decision, the Supreme Court, on 1st Street Northeast, between Maryland Avenue and East Capitol Street, but did not do so in 2018.