WASHINGTON – Thousands of people from different parts of the country traveled to the capital to attend the annual March for Life. The event goes from National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Marchers gathered with their church groups and walked on Constitution Avenue with signs that said “Defend Life,” “I am the Pro-Life generation” and “Life counts,” The march marks the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that created the right to abortion.
“I’m here because I want to make a difference,” Maria Evans,15,a student at Bishop Hartley High School from Columbus,Ohio,said. She was sitting among a group of her friends who all were eager to share their reasons for marching.
Maddy Montgomery,17,one of Maria’s friends,said it doesn’t matter if the march will help only one person because that will be enough.
Among the speakers at pre-march rally were members of Congress were Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers,R-Wash.; Chris Smith,R-N.J.; Daniel Lipinski,D-Ill.; and Sen. Tim Scott,R-S.C. Smith and Lipinski are co-chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.
Lynn Greyeske,6,from Philadelphia,was an enthusiastic marcher. She walked down Constitution Avenue holding her mother’s hand. Asked what her favorite thing about the event was,she said,“Everything.”
With chants including,“Hey,Obama,yo’ mama chose life” and “I love babies. Yes,I do. I love babies. How about you?” the groups made their way to Capitol Hill where they met pro-abortion rights groups.
“We love to see the young people here,” Grazia Ochoa,from Wilton,Conn.,said. She attended the March for Life with her husband,Gian-Carlo,and their children. They said they go to the event as a family because they are defending those who are defenseless. They are also defending the most basic principle: life.
“You can’t have liberty and freedom without life,” he said,adding that it all starts from the womb.
On the same day as the march,the House of Representatives was supposed to vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The measure would ban abortions after 20 weeks. However,it was pushed back due to objections raised by Republican women.
The House of Representatives voted instead for bill that would prohibit taxpayer funded abortions. It passed with 242-179.
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