In response to the increased security in Washington D.C. and the scrutiny over any protest held in the city, the March for Life 2021 will be entirely virtual this year. This is the first time the March has not been held in person since 1974.

A statement sent to supporters explains the situation.

“The protection of all of those who participate in the annual March, as well as the many law enforcement personnel and others who work tirelessly each year to ensure a safe and peaceful event, is a top priority of the March for Life. In light of the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic which may be peaking, and in view of the heightened pressures that law enforcement officers and others are currently facing in and around the Capitol, this year’s March for Life will look different.

“The annual rally will take place virtually and we are asking all participants to stay home and to join the March virtually. We will invite a small group of pro-life leaders from across the country to march in Washington, DC this year. These leaders will represent pro-life Americans everywhere who, each in their own unique ways, work to make abortion unthinkable and build a culture where every human life is valued and protected.”

The nation’s capital is essentially now on lockdown after rioters breached the Capitol Building on January 6. Congressional staffers have also been told to stay home for the next week or so in case riots break out during the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Though the March for Life has always been peaceful, the nature of the current political situation and the ongoing pandemic means that holding the March in person just isn’t feasible this year, which is profoundly disappointing.

The Daily Citizen interviewed the president of the March for Life Jeanne Mancini just last week about the upcoming event, where she shared her passion for life and for how the March has overcome nearly every obstacle thrown its way.

Though the event is virtual this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a stand for life. Share your pro-life story online and use the #WhyWeMarch to encourage and uplift Americans across the country.