As the United States of America celebrates its independence this week, it is important to reflect on the progress that our nation has made in our quest to protect the sanctity of all life. Additionally, it is in our best interest to analyze the journey ahead, especially as the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee looms ahead. 2018 has proven quite eventful for the Pro-Life movement, giving us much reason to celebrate, and we expect many great changes to come before our next Independence Day.

February marked a key month for the Pro-Life movement, as President Donald Trump was the first sitting president to attend the Washington, D.C. March for Life. Joining him was Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. All key politicians delivered addresses in support of the cause, as a massive number of participants marched in support of life.

In May, President Trump attended the Susan B. Anthony List annual gala. The organization is well-known for its defense of life campaigns, as well as its support and endorsement of Pro-Life politicians. At the fundraiser, he announced his commitment to halt taxpayer funding of abortions in the Title X mandate, which notoriously provides money to organizations like Planned Parenthood. Later that month, Iowa passed a heartbeat law that protects fetuses with detectable heartbeats. More information on this momentous decision can be read here.

June marked a significant victory for hospitals in California, as the Supreme Court narrowly deemed it unconstitutional for the government to force pregnancy centers to list abortion clinics for women. There is no doubt thatĀ the court’s most recent addition, Justice Gorsuch, was integral to this 5-4 ruling.

President Trump hasĀ announced his nomination for Justice Kennedy’s replacement, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh sat on the D.C. Circuit Court. And as midterm elections approach, it is now more important than ever for the momentum of the 2016 elections to carry over to Congress, as we await legislation for more permanent guarantees to life. Additionally, several states continue to battle decisions made by the Trump Administration and the Supreme Court, so it is important for Americans to remain aware and vigilant of developments in the fight for life. So far, this year has brought many positive developments for the right to life, but these next few months could prove integral to the cause, but it is even more important for the Pro-Life community to stay committed to the movement for the remainder of the year.

William Deatherage is a Junior at The Catholic University of America, Majoring in Political Science and Theology, as well as Minoring in Economics. William likes writing and producing media on social platforms, like YouTube, as a hobby.