The March for Life Chicago 2020 anticipates “a massive expansion of previous marches” due to Illinois’ radical new abortion laws. The traditional rally and march will feature a convention for the first time, where various pro-life organizations are expected to appear. There will also be a young adult evening event and a fundraising banquet.
March for Life Chicago Board President Dawn Fitzpatrick said of the upcoming pro-life gathering:
Furious that Illinois legislators have made this state an abortion oasis for the Midwest, pro-life advocates from across the country are empowered to come together in a joyful gathering knowing we can build a brighter future.
Signed into law by Illinois legislators back in June, the Reproductive Health Act enshrined abortion as a fundamental right. To expand on abortion services, the act removed spousal consent, waiting periods, health and safety inspection requirements for abortion facilities. The law also declared “that a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law, of this state.”
In the Chicago metropolitan area, 1 out of 4 pregnancies are aborted, and in 2014, 21,5111 unborn children were terminated through an abortion. This means in Cook County, there were 59 abortions each day, and one every 24 minutes.
But Fitzpatrick is confident that the Chicago march will “prepare participants to support life in their respective local area.” The expansion of the march will equip participants with the ability to connect with other organizations and individuals, and Fitzpatrick hopes all who come to the march will feel prepared to take action within their own communities.
The Chicago March for Life is set to take place on Saturday, January 11.