March for Life 2021

With a mission to promote the beauty and dignity of every human life by working to end abortion, the annual March for Life is an inspiring, peaceful, vibrant, and joy-filled rally of women, men, young people, and children from all across the country. 

Each year, tens of thousands of pro-lifers converge on the National Mall and march on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling which legalized abortion in all 50 states. While it’s typically the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world, it will be scaled back this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, no matter where you are, you are encouraged to celebrate each and every life, from the moment of conception, and envisioning a world where every life is celebrated, valued, and protected. 

March for Life

The 48th Annual March for Life rally will take place on Friday, January 29, 2021, with a limited schedule of events for those attending.

  • Pre-rally Concert with Matthew West | January 29, 11:00am-12:00pm 
  • March for Life Rally | January 29, 12:00pm-1:00pm – The main event, the March for Life Rally kicks off at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall
  • March for Life | January 29, 1:00 – 4:00 Immediately following the Rally there is a peaceful march up Constitution Ave.
  • Rose Dinner with Tim Tebow | January 29, 7:00pm-9:00pm – An evening of inspiration and fellowship, the Rose Dinner is the perfect way to conclude the March for Life experience. 

Respect Life Mass

In Columbus, Bishop Robert Brennan will be the principal celebrant for the diocese’s annual Respect Life Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Columbus St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St. Although public attendance will be limited, the Mass will be live-streamed at and on the diocese’s YouTube channel and broadcast by St. Gabriel Radio. 

9 Days for Life 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops-initiated 9 Days for Life novena for respect and protection of all human persons will begin Thursday, Jan. 21, and run through Friday, Jan. 29, when the national March for Life will take place in Washington, D.C. Intentions, short reflections, suggested actions and related information is available.

Virtual Prayer Vigil 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also is encouraging Catholics across the United States to observe a unified prayer vigil from Thursday, Jan. 28 to Friday, Jan. 29. Because the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will not be open to the public this year due to COVID restrictions, bishops in dioceses throughout the nation will take turns leading live-streamed holy hours throughout the all-night vigil.