WASHINGTON D.C. – Thousands of protesters on Wednesday braved frigid wind chills and single digit temperatures as they rallied in Washington, D.C.,Â against legalized abortion.
The annual March for Life rally in the nationâ€™s capital, which takes place every year on the anniversary of the Supreme Courtâ€™s 1973 decision to declare abortion a â€œconstitutional right,â€ started with a hefty morale boost from Pope Francis who said in a tweet: â€œI join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable.â€
â€œThe event draws many Catholic high school and college students from across the country for a series of events and prayer vigils leading up to a rally and march on the National Mall,â€ the Associated Press reported.
President Barack Obama also marked the occasion by issuing a statement Wednesday, saying the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Courtâ€™s Roe v. Wade decision is a chance to â€œrecommit ourselves to the decisionâ€™s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.â€
The president added in his statement that nation must continue to â€œdefendâ€ womenâ€™s access to â€œsafe, affordable health careâ€ as well as their â€œreproductive freedoms.â€
â€œAnd we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children,â€ the statement said. â€œBecause this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.â€
March for Life organizers chose adoption as this yearâ€™s theme.
Organizers hoped Wednesday to help eliminate the â€œstigma around adoption as an alternative to abortion for pregnant women who face difficult situations,â€ the AP reported.
House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told rally attendees Wednesday morning that Republicans will soon hold a vote to put an end to taxpayer-funded abortions, the report added.