Each year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in our land, thousands of prolifers from every state in the union converge on Washington, DC.

Buses from Rockland will be making the trip on Jan. 23. Continue reading for the details of how you can be part of this exciting and important event.

When – Monday, January 23.

Where – Buses will leave at 6 a.m. sharp from:

  • St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, 21 Cinder Rd. in Garnerville
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church, 128 Parrott Rd. in West Nyack.

We ask that you arrive by 5:40 a.m. The pastors have kindly given us permission to leave our cars in the church parking lot.

How – We’ll travel by chartered motorcoaches, provided by West Point Tours/Trailways in Vail’s Gate, NY. They are very comfortable, with reclining seats, DVD screens, and lavatories. The drivers are friendly and professional. West Point Tours meets standards of “operational safety” that are certified by the Department of Defense.

Basically, we follow I-95 directly to Washington, DC, stopping briefly at a rest stop on the way down and back. It’s about a five-hour trip.

Each bus has a captain from the Rockland Right to Life Committee who will provide instructions, answer any questions, and keep the group together. The captains will share their cell phone numbers with you.

Events – At Washington, the bus drops us off at the National Mall near 7th Street around 11 am. There is a Rally with prolife speakers run by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, which has been organizing the March since 1974.

Then the March steps off from the Mall, continues along Constitution Avenue past the Capitol Building, and makes a right on 1st Street to the Supreme Court. It’s about a mile, and takes about 40 minutes.

At the end of the line of March, our next destination is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where we will meet our buses for the trip back to Rockland.

We’ll travel there by shared cab (there are plenty of taxis where the March ends; the cost, about $14 including the tip, can be split among the number of riders) or we’ll take the Metro (subway – around $1.80) from Union Station to the Basilica – a short ride and then a quarter-mile walk to the Shrine.

Once at the Basilica you can attend mass if you’d like, tour this great church, or just warm up and grab something to eat at the cafeteria. Our buses will meet us at 6 p.m. for our trip home.

We should be back in Rockland by 11 pm.

How to Dress – Listen to the weather report the night before, and be sure to dress appropriately. It could be very cold. You’ll be outside most of the day. Dress in layers and definitely wear a hat and gloves.

If it snows – If the roads are bad and West Point Tours decides they are too dangerous, we will cancel the trip and refund your money.

What to bring – Some food/drink for the bus and a snack for the March. You’ll be able to get something to eat at the rest stops on I-95. Bring your cell phone if you have one and a camera if you’d like to get some photos to remember the day. You’ll need money for the cab or Metro, and a dollar or two to contribute toward a tip for our drivers.

Note – this trip is not for anyone who can’t be on their feet for a long period of time or young children.

For reservations or if you have any questions:

E-mail —
Or call — 732-8277, 492-6709, or 634-6885

Fare: $20 for adults, $12 student

Donations: If you can’t attend but would like to be part of this important event, you can  “adopt” a marcher and make it easier for someone who might not be able to afford the trip.
Adult $20                          Student $12                      Bus Angel $50

Please send your donations to:
Rockland Right to Life Committee
PO Box 9348
Bardonia, NY 10954

Those of you who want to come, please don’t let the cost stop you. Particularly if you want to come as a family, it can be expensive. Our generous “adopt-a-marcher” sponsors can make the trip happen for you. Just let us know when you call for reservations.

For an idea of what the March is really like, check out these stories and photos from last year:

March for Life — January 2011
Rally at the National Mall (video by Bro. Ulyses Moyao from the Tagaste Monastery in Suffern)
Albertus Magnus 4 Life
Rockland is Pro-Life (video by Eileen Peterson, featuring the marchers on the St. Gregory’s bus)
One-Minute March for Life  (video condensing the entire March into one minute!)