Thousands of St. Louisans to Attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.

January 16, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS — Nearly 2,200 teenagers, young adults, adult chaperones, volunteers, Catholic priests, seminarians, and other pro-life supporters will journey to Washington, D.C. for the 45th annual March for Life on Friday, January 19, as part of the “Generation Life” Pilgrimage planned by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Additionally, hundreds of St. Louis youth will attend the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C. on January 19, and several hundred more from the region are expected to make the trip in small groups or bus caravans.

In total, roughly 3,000 St. Louisans are expected to participate in the March for Life, representing at least 60 Catholic parishes and schools. The Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has planned and coordinated the “Generation Life” trip since 2013. The 2,200 pilgrims this year will depart on 40 busses from six different locations around the St. Louis area in the evening of Wednesday, January 17. Media is invited to attend one of the launch sites. Please contact the Archdiocese of St. Louis Communications Office for more details.

The March for Life annually commemorates the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which has led to an estimated 60 million lives lost due to abortion in the United States. The March consistently attracts 500,000 or more people from across the country who give public witness to the fact that life begins at conception and the belief that human dignity should be legally protected from conception until natural death.

Anyone not planning to be in D.C. for the event can be part of the action—including some livestreamed events—on social media by following @ArchSTL, @StLouisReview, @GenLifeSTL and using #GenLifeSTL on twitter and Instagram, “liking” the GenLifeSTL facebook page, and on the GenLifeSTL blog,

GenLife participants or representatives of the archdiocese will be available for interviews upon request.