Pro-Life Rallies Counter Pro-Abortion Protests Across the United States

Pro-life marches were held in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin, and St. Louis, among other locales.

The Pro-Life Wisconsin-sponsored March for Life Wisconsin takes place Oct. 2 in Madison.
The Pro-Life Wisconsin-sponsored March for Life Wisconsin takes place Oct. 2 in Madison. (photo: St. Mary's Oratory Twitter account; last visited 10/5/21)

As pro-abortion rallies were held across the country last weekend in response to a Texas law regulating abortion, pro-lifers in several areas also staged protests to counter them. 

An Oct. 2 pro-abortion march in Washington, D.C., organized by the Women’s March and Planned Parenthood, also spawned an additional “more than 650 marches in 50 states” such as Texas and Colorado, according to organizers. 

Though “Women’s Marches” have been organized since 2017 to advocate for a range of women’s rights issues, the marches this week were largely focused on abortion, following the recent passage of a pro-life law in Texas and coinciding with the start of a new Supreme Court term in which the court will soon take up a case that many observers are saying could pose a substantial challenge to Roe v. Wade

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, pro-lifers organized a prayer rally to counter a pro-abortion rally that gathered at a park and marched through the streets of the downtown. 

Candy Clepper, with Greater Chattanooga Right to Life, told local station WDEF: “We believe that every human being, including the unborn, has a right to life; and we are committed to advocating [for] that and defending that.”

Similar pro-life marches were held in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin, and St. Louis.

In Ocala, Florida, pro-abortion and pro-life protesters clashed directly. Groups on two separate intersections held signs and chanted slogans at each other; police had to step in at one point to quell a disagreement, local media reported.  

Similarly, in Augusta, Georgia, a pro-life gathering organized by the Alleluia Pro Life organization and Augusta Right to Life came together across the street from the pro-abortion “Bans Off Our Body” gathering.

Pope Francis greets a crowd of an estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome for his Regina Caeli address on May 22.

Pope Francis: Ask the Lord for the Gift of Peace

‘The more we feel our hearts are agitated, the more we sense we are nervous, impatient, angry inside, the more we need to ask the Lord for the Spirit of peace,’ he said. He also spoke of the dignity of life: ‘Life is a gift from God!’