flood D.C. in protest of legalized abortion
Hundreds of thousands of people are gathered in the nation's capital
today to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and protest abortion in
the annual March for Life. Gathering from all over the country,
protesters of all ages first heard from prominent pro-life, political
and religious leaders before beginning the march.
Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was among the politicians who
addressed the crowd on Friday, saying, “Thank you one and all for being
an important part of the greatest human rights struggle on earth – the
right to life movement. By the grace of God, we stand behind, with and
unabashedly for both victims of abortion – women and children.”
The sheer number of people has caused a traffic advisory to be issued
for the District. The volume of protesters has also allowed for two
separate marches to take place. The first route will proceed East on
Constitution Avenue to First Street, NE, then South on First Street,
NE, to the United States Supreme Court where they will rally and then
The second march route will proceed West on F Street to 10th Street,
NW, south on 10th Street to Constitution Avenue, NW, West on
Constitution Avenue to 12th Street, NW, then South on 12th Street to
the National Mall, where pro-life marchers will also rally and
CNA contacted the D.C Metropolitan Police Department for a crowd
estimate but was told that due to disputes in the past between the city
and protest organizers over the amount of people gathered, they have
stopped giving estimates. However, police said that the march has
progressed peacefully and without indecent thus far.
According to EWTN, 300,000 demonstrators are estimated to be taking
part in the March for Life.
Just one day before the March for Life in Washington D.C., the results
of a new survey put out by the Knights of Columbus and Marist College
showed that the number of Americans who say they are pro-life is
continuing to grow. Members of the Millennial generation (18-29
year-olds) say abortion is “morally wrong” at a rate of 58 percent.
The survey, which was conducted between December 2009 and January 2010,
asked if abortion was “morally wrong.” Fifty-six percent of Americans
said they thought that abortion was indeed “morally wrong.”
In addition to showing that more Americans are becoming pro-life, the
results showed that the upcoming generations are more pro-life than
those nearing retirement.
Date: January 22, 2010
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