- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 21, 2016

The nation’s capital is ready to hunker down as a major blizzard looms; grocery stores are wall-to-wall with those seeking provisions and the alarmist media is in full cry. The pro-lifers, however, solider on. They are ready to rally on the National Mall on Friday at high noon, just as the storm is predicted to begin.

“Snow will not stop the  43rd annual March For Life is on. While many in Washington have expressed concerns over the weather, the four-decade-long peaceful protest will not be cancelled,” says Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund.

“Participants are advised to use their best judgement as to whether they should come in person or watch on TV. And for those who can’t make it to the march rally at noon at the Washington Monument, we encourage participation through social media using the hashtag #WhyWeMarch,” she adds.

Though it receives only scanty press coverage at best, the event has drawn hundreds of thousands in recent years, along with pro-life luminaries. Scheduled to speak at a central point between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial on Friday afternoon: Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina, former Baltimore Raven and Super Bowl champion Matt Birk, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly and Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican - among many others.

EWTN Global Catholic Television Network will be broadcasting live and providing full coverage of the march, which can be streamed online

Meanwhile, the Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues - a coalition of 17 pro-life groups - is demanding news organizations cover the march, and cover it fairly. They cite one example of failure: Major networks only gave the rally 15 seconds of coverage in 2015, which the organization says is tantamount to censorship.

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“The media have covered all manner of protests in our nation’s capital no matter how large or small, but they refuse to cover hundreds of thousands of peaceful marchers advocating for the unborn. We will raise our voices on behalf of these precious children and let the media know that they must cover the march,” says Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, which has monitored the lack of coverage for years.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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