WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – Tens of thousands of pro-lifers are braving the cold today to march to the U.S. Capitol building for the 51st annual March for Life, but a planned pro-abortion counter protest has already been canceled after failing to drum up significant social media engagement.
Starting at 1PM Eastern Time, pro-lifers from across and beyond America will gather at the National Mall and march to a concluding spot between the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Supreme Court, to celebrate the 2022 overturn of Roe v. Wade and build on that victory by urging Congress to take further action.
On January 12 and 13, the pro-abortion activist group Reproaction announced via X/Twitter and Facebook that it would be holding a counter-protest outside the Supreme Court building, to “show the opposition that abortion is popular and unstoppable.”
It is unknown how many people signed up to participate, but out of the group’s 14,000-some Facebook followers, the Facebook post only received seven positive emoji reactions, just one share not from Reproaction itself, and no comments. On X, where the group has 10.7 thousand followers, it got only three likes and two shares not by the group itself.
At 7:35AM Friday morning, Reproaction announced the event was canceled, suggesting that they made the decision to “put safety first” and accusing pro-lifers of endangering children by taking them to the march despite the cold.
DCPS and dozens of area private schools are closed today for the unsafe weather, but hundreds of students have still been bussed in to march against bodily autonomy and safety for all, in freezing temperatures and snow. Make it make sense. #MarchForLife
— reproaction (@reproaction) January 19, 2024
Respondents did not find the organization’s explanation compelling:
DC will get an estimated 3-6″ of snow today, but it’s a quite pleasant 31 degrees. @March_for_Life is having a snowy party on the Mall before starting the march. This week, Iowans left their houses to vote in -14 degrees, at which point road salt doesn’t work. Just sayin’. https://t.co/rBMqvqSbIG
— Carolina Lumetta (@CarolinaLumetta) January 19, 2024
“We don’t want to be out in the snow but we want it to be your fault” 😂 https://t.co/3929pAAZqp
— Terrisa Bukovinac (@Terrisalin) January 19, 2024
LifeSiteNews is in Washington, D.C., led by our Editor in Chief John-Henry Westen. We will be bringing you updates from the ground throughout the day. Live updates can be found here, and a complete schedule of the weekend’s events can be found here.