Thousands are expected to gather Saturday in downtown Dallas for two marches that commemorate anniversaries central to women’s lives.
The Dallas Women’s March celebrates achievements made since millions of women gathered worldwide for the inaugural Women’s March events last year.
Also, the annual March for Life marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark abortion decision Roe vs. Wade.
The Women’s March will start at 10 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church and end at Pike Park. The March for Life, one of several Dallas events marking the Supreme Court decision’s anniversary, will start at 12:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and end at the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse.
Both anniversaries will be commemorated across the country.
This year’s March for Life event is the first since the February 2017 death of Norma McCorvey, who was known as Jane Roe in the Roe vs. Wade decision that gave women legal access to abortion in 1973.
McCorvey’s views on abortion later changed and she became an anti-abortion activist.
“She went through an incredible conversion on the issue of abortion and became a really profound voice,” said Becky Visosky, executive director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, which helps organize the Dallas March for Life events.
She said participants will be “marching in remembrance of the loss of millions of unborn children through abortion and in solidarity with the parents that carry that tragic loss.”
“But we also are marching in celebration of the humanity we all share and the gift of life that we celebrate.”