Knights of Columbus from across the United States joined other pro-life advocates Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C., to speak for the rights of unborn children at the March for Life. Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly, attending the demonstration for the first time as leader of the Knights, expressed his support for the tens of thousands of people who took part in the annual rally and march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building.
“I am proud to join the thousands of Knights who traveled to our nation’s capital from across the country to march in solidarity with all who believe in the dignity and worth of every human life, and who recognize the scientific fact that life begins at conception,” the supreme knight said.
“Our Founder, Blessed Michael McGivney, devoted his life to the care of widows and orphans,” he added. “The Order’s mission to support mothers in need and their children, both unborn and born, is at the core of who we are as Knights.”
Knights have served as volunteers at the March for Life since its founding, assisting with management of the event, distributing signs, and providing funding and logistical support for attendees.
“I’m especially proud of the Knights’ involvement in the march since 1974. This year, the usual seriousness of the march is brightened by the hope that the Supreme Court will finally overturn Roe v. Wade,” stated the supreme knight, who previously served as chairman of the board of directors of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund.
A new Marist Poll, commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, shows that 71% of Americans support legal limits on abortion and 81% believe our laws should protect both the mother and her unborn child. These findings come as the Supreme Court weighs Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the most significant challenge in many years to Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion in all 50 states in 1973. Oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization were heard in early December and a decision is expected in the coming months.
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