(CNSNews.com) -- In Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced the theme for the 2020 March for Life, which takes place on Jan. 24. The theme is "Life Empowers, Pro-Life is Pro-Woman." March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said the upcoming march will seek to "evoke confidence rather than fear" about unplanned pregnancy and motherhood, and advocate for community support for unexpected pregnancies.
The March for Life, which has occurred every year since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, involves tens of thousands of pro-life activists from all over the country who first listen to speakers on the National Mall – last year included President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence – and then march along Constitution Avenue, up Capitol Hill, and then rally in front of the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Serrin M. Foster, president of Feminists for Life and a supporter of the March for Life, noted during the theme-announcement the recent anniversary of the 19th amendment, saying “suffragists were pro-life.” (The 19th Amendment was officially adopted on Aug. 26, 1920.)
“The same women who fought for the right of slaves to be free, and the right of women to vote, also fought for our children to be here, and for mothers to be supported,” Foster said.
Foster further said that abortion “betrays the basic feminist principles” of the feminist movement, which were to advocate for non-discrimination, non-violence and justice for all. “Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women,” added Foster.
Gloria Purvis, a stay-at-home mom and a board member for the Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home in Washington, D.C., supports the March for Life and advocates for a change of attitude in the way society perceives pregnancy and motherhood.
“We have laws in place, but we have not dealt with the attitudes,” Purvis said. “You better believe that as long as abortion is legal, employers are going to have that attitude that you should not be pregnant, not if you expect to succeed here.”
Purvis also said that the abortion movement has targeted African Americans since six of every ten abortions are of black children.
“The abortion movement has failed black women, abused black women … mistreated black women -- it is not empowering for us to have to kill our children in the name of equality and freedom.” Purvis said. “Freedom built on the crushed skulls of our children is not freedom, is oppression.”