The 50th anniversary of the March for Life kicks off today, Jan. 20, approximately seven months following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion across the nation.

Follow along here for live updates of the march. All times are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time:

 

Jan. 20, 11:37 a.m.

Crowd on the Mall continues to grow. Speeches set to begin at noon.

Growing crowd at the 2023 March for Life. Katie Yoder/CNA
Growing crowd at the 2023 March for Life. Katie Yoder/CNA

 

Jan. 20, 11:19 a.m.

Sister Mary Casey O’Connor and Casey Gunning, twin sisters, will be addressing the crowd at the March for Life this afternoon. O’Connor is a member of the religious community Sisters of Life, while Gunning, who has Down syndrome, serves as a teacher’s assistant and an athlete in the Special Olympics. Read an interview with these joyful pro-life sisters and speakers.

 

 

Jan. 20, 11:14 a.m.

Music from the band We Are Messengers begins on the National Mall as marchers continue to congregate.

 

Jan. 20, 11:03 a.m.

President Joe Biden, a Catholic, issued a proclamation commemorating the defunct Roe v. Wade decision, calling it a “balanced decision with broad national consensus.” The president, who disagrees with the Church’s teaching on abortion and has taken steps to expand abortion access, called on Congress to codify Roe v. Wade.

 

U.S. President Joe Biden. Credit: White House - Public Domain
U.S. President Joe Biden. Credit: White House – Public Domain

 

“On what would have been the 50th anniversary of protections under Roe v. Wade, my Administration is resolute in its commitment to defending reproductive rights and continuing our Nation’s progress toward equality for all,” Biden wrote.

 

Jan. 20, 10:47 a.m

Life Fest, a pre-march worship event put on by the Knights of Columbus and Sisters of Life, took place from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the D.C. Entertainment and Sports Arena.

The arena was packed with young people and high schoolers who are preparing for the March for Life. Photos from the event can be seen below.

 

A Sister of Life attends Life Fest 2023. Peter Pinedo
A Sister of Life attends Life Fest 2023. Peter Pinedo
Two young men from Maryland (two on the left) and other kids from Nebraska attend Life Fest 2023. Peter Pinedo
Two young men from Maryland (two on the left) and other kids from Nebraska attend Life Fest 2023. Peter Pinedo

 

A Dominican Friar attends Life Fest 2023. Peter Pinedo
A Dominican Friar attends Life Fest 2023. Peter Pinedo

 

Jan. 20, 10:23 a.m.

Over 550 students, faculty, and staff, from Christendom College, located in Front Royal, Virginia, are en route to the March for Life.

Jan. 20, 10:16 a.m.

Excitement is in the air as more marchers appear in groups with pro-life signs near the March for Life rally stage.

 

A pilgrim holds a sign saying "Save the Baby Humans" in front of the March for Life Rally stage. Katie Yoder
A pilgrim holds a sign saying “Save the Baby Humans” in front of the March for Life Rally stage. Katie Yoder