Born this date in 1924: Nellie Gray

Nellie Gray founded the national March for Life in 1974, probably not thinking that she would still be coming back to the National Mall annually for the next 38 years until her passing in 2012. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court Justices in their wisdom decided to hold over their Roe v. Wade decision until 1973, placing it not in the usual big-case time of late June but instead on January 22. The annual March thus takes place in weather that can be downright nasty. No problem, said Nellie; the March goes on regardless of such concerns.

If memory serves, I’ve been to three national Marches. Every one has been marked by the overwhelming presence of young people who come by bus from every Eastern state. Need evidence that the pro-life movement is not dying out but instead is growing? See you on the National Mall next January.

Here are some of my own photos from the 2013 March for Life, followed by a short video made by the national March for Life team in honor of Nellie Gray.

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Author: Ellen Kolb

New Hampshire-based writer, pro-life activist, hiker.