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The March Goes On

With an approaching blizzard, March for Life marks 43rd anniversary of abortion decision

By Kurt Jensen, Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) – As a monster storm swirled the first snowflakes on the nation’s capital, tens of thousands of brave pro-life souls gathered for the March for Life, streaming through empty streets from a rally at the Washington Monument to the steps of the Supreme Court. As has been the case for many years in the annual March marking the Roe vs. Wade abortion decision, young people from across the nation were the most noticeable participants.

Patrick Kelly, chairman of the March and vice president for public policy for the Knights of Columbus, announced the theme of the event at an outdoor rally: "Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand in Hand!"

He said that opponents of the pro-life movement, "insist on dividing and bullying those who disagree with them by speaking of a fictional war on women. Our movement, the movement to protect human life, is different. It is built by you, the grass roots. … We come her to show that we cannot be intimidated."

Joining Kelly as moderator of the rally was March for Life President Jeanne Mancini.

In a brief rally speech, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, praised efforts by state legislatures. "The gains have been historic – 282 pro-life laws have been enacted since 2010 including laws to stop dismemberment abortions, require a 72-hour waiting period, and informed consent."

Smith, a Catholic, said the House override vote of President Barack Obama's recent veto of a bill removing all federal funding from Planned Parenthood was scheduled for next week.

Also speaking were presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Joni Ernst, a U.S. Senator from Iowa, both of whom underlined the event’s theme that abortion is not good for women.

After the rally, participants marched up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court. Marchers headed to the court as snow fell – the beginning of a snowstorm that was to turn into a major blizzard and leave at least two feet of snow in the Washington region.

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