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March for Life announces timely 2018 theme: 'Love Saves Lives

Pro-life demonstrators march on Jan. 27 toward the U.S. Supreme Court during the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The 2018 March for Life is scheduled for Jan. 19. (Tasos Katopodis /AFP/Getty Images)

The March for Life announced Tuesday its theme for the upcoming 45th annual pro-life demonstration in January: “Love Saves Lives.”

The 45th annual March for Life

The annual March for Life, the largest pro-life gathering in the world, takes place in Washington, D.C., each year on or near Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The 2018 March for Life will take place on Jan. 19.

'Love Saves Lives'

Jeanne Mancini, the president of March for Life, told reporters that 59 million Americans have been lost to abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision and that their mothers carry “war wounds” about their choice.

She compared “hardy, dedicated, and passionate” March for Life participants to the postal service, saying they’d be there in “rain, sleet, snow or shine.”

Mancini said they chose the theme because “love is our mission” as they work to make abortion “unthinkable.”

“We’re at a moment in our culture where we desperately need love,” Mancini said, adding that the group will highlight stories about how love saves lives between now and January’s march.

Supporters of March for Life applauded the theme.

Alison Howard Centofante, the director of alliance relations at Alliance Defending Freedom, said that the theme was uplifting after the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday.

“The world has too much violence in it,” Howard Centofante said. “March for Life shows that we are loving at our core.”

Chuck Donovan, the president of Charlotte Lozier Institute, said he has worked in the pro-life movement for many years, and he appreciates the leadership of women in the cause, like Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah).

He also praised the work of pro-life outreach efforts like crisis pregnancy centers.

‘Love doesn’t sit out in the back pew,” Donovan said. “It gets out front.”

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