Midwest March for Life to emphasize the power of unity, April 14

2 p.m. live performance of “Viable,” a play with the potential to change the world


An astounding display of unity and affirmation of human life will be held on the grounds of the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 14.

This year’s Midwest March for Life and rally will unite people of faith under the theme, “Together Strong: Life Unites, Hold the Line.”

Featured presenters will include: Jeanne Mancini, president of the National March for Life; Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and son of pro-life pioneer, the late Joseph Scheidler; Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of Americans United for Life; Bridget Van Means, CEO and vision leader of ThriVe Nation; Susan Klein, executive director of Missouri Right to Life; and Reagan Barkledge, western regional director of Students for Life of America.

The entire event be held outdoors on the Capitol South Lawn.

The grounds will open at 7:45 a.m. with over 30 life-affirming exhibits.

A Capitol Prayer Walk will start at 8 a.m. in the first floor of the Capitol Rotunda, with prayer teams visiting state lawmakers’ and executives’ offices with encouragement and promises of prayer.

Also at 8 a.m., Father Anthony Viviano, moderator of pro-life ministry for the Jefferson City diocese, will lead the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet on the south steps of the Capitol.

A pre-rally will begin at 9:15 a.m. Speakers will include: Fr. Viviano, Brian Westbrook with Coalition for Life St. Louis; Angela Copenhaver with WeTeachThink; Catherine Glenn Foster; Lisa Rowe with Support After Abortion; Bridget Van Means; and Monsignor Robert A. Kurwicki, chaplain of the Missouri House of Representatives.

The march along the streets of downtown Jefferson City will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with a rally at 11 a.m. Speakers will include Reagan Barkledge; Eric Scheidler; Jay Ashcroft, Missouri Secretary of State; Susan Klein; Jeanne Mancini; and Dr. John Yates of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

A fundraiser lunch sponsored by the Fulton Knights of Columbus will take place after the rally.

Presentations on pro-life apologetics for adults will be held at 12:15, followed by Students for Life youth apologetics at 1 p.m.

“Viable,” a riveting, one-act play that follows one woman’s journey of finding hope after abortion, will be performed at 2 p.m.

The General Assembly will be in session.

Participants are encouraged to wear red and to pray for beautiful weather.

Visit midwestmarchforlife.com for information, including parking and shuttle services and a preview of “Viable.”

Text MWMARCH to 73075 to receive updates.