Thousands of people braved frigid cold weather to demonstrate against abortion as part of the annual “March for Life,” which like every Jan. 22 was held Wednesday in Washington D.C. Marchers advocated for pregnant women who do not want to have the child to choose adoption rather than abortion.
Demonstrators gathered on the National Mall to protest the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
From Gardens Mall, covered by a layer of snow, protesters marched through the streets of downtown Washington to the Supreme Court, where they rallied and called for an end to abortions.
“We are abortionists of abortion,” “Abortion is murder,” “Let your baby live,” “ Every baby deserves to be born” or “For Life” read some of the signs waved by demonstrators, which included a large number of children and young people.
Organizers of the March for Life, supported by dozens of organizations from across the United States, noted that this year they were there to defend adoption as an alternative to abortion.
“Adoption is a heroic decision for pregnant women who are in a difficult situation,” March for Life President Jeanne Monahan said in a statement. She said it’s time to do away with “the stigma of adoption.”
In his speech before the march, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) announced that the chamber will vote next week on a legislative initiative to ban federal funding for abortion.
“We will continue to progress so that one day every child in America is protected by law and are welcome to life,” Cantor said, admitting that it “will be a tough task” to get the Senate and President Barack Obama to approve the project.
“Since 1973, over 56 million children have been brutally murdered,” said Republican Rep. Chris Smith in his speech to the protesters, referring to the number of abortions estimated to have been practiced in the United States since the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We are winning,” Smith assured the crowd before telling younger marchers that their generation “will end abortion.”
Pope Francis from the Vatican Wednesday showed support for the event via a message on his Twitter account.
“I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers,” his tweet read. “May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable.”
The White House also issued a statement Wednesday on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade: “We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom.”