March for Life Draws Huge Crowds - And Media Attention
The annual March for Life in Washington DC, marking the anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, drew its usual huge crowds this year, and more than its usual attention from the mainstream media.
Hundreds of thousands of mainly young people flooded the streets of downtown Washington where they participated in the rally on the National Mall and then marched to the US Supreme Court on Capitol Hill to hear testimonies from post-abortive women.
US Vice President Mike Pence addressed the crowd, the first Vice President to do so in person, along with Kelly Anne Conway, Senior Counsellor to the President. Other speakers at the rally included March for Life president, Jeanne Mancini, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson, Senator Joni Ernst, and Representatives Mia Love and Chris Smith.
According to The Washington Times, the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) spent 21 minutes, 52 seconds covering the pro-life event. That compares to just 35 seconds last year, according to the Times’ Media Research Centre. C-Span and CNN live-streamed the rally –the latter on Facebook – and National Public Radio also gave it good coverage.
(The pro-abortion Women’s March, which attracted around half a million in Washington the previous week, received 1 hour, 15 minutes, 18 seconds of coverage in its protest the day after President Trump’s inauguration, the Washington Times notes.)
March for Life. MercatorNet. January 31. The Washington Times. January 30.