Cortney O'Brien
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Temperatures were frigidly low, but spirits were uncompromisingly high today at the March for Life in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from across the country arrived at the National Mall on this 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade to defend the right to life of unborn children - taking their feet and their message all the way to the Supreme Court.

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The pre-march rally featured prominent pro-life speakers, including congressmen such as Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the latter of whom introduced the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act to expose Obamacare’s abortion surcharge. Nicole Peck, a pro-lifer who once had an abortion, also spoke to the crowd, sharing the pain and regret she felt after ending her pregnancy:

“They took my money, my baby and my self-respect.”

The passion among the crowd was just as fervent. I stopped a few of the marchers to ask them, “Why did you decide to spend your Wednesday in the freezing cold here in Washington, DC?”

Alex Kusznir, Amy Tuttle, Alexis Stin and Marcella Dragolich from Ohio:

“Because we love babies!”

Debbie Nieport from Dayton, Ohio:

“I believe it [Roe v. Wade] will be overturned, especially after seeing the young people here.”

Others told me they drove all night in the snow to get there. Toward the end of the rally, a large group of young people walked out of the metro with “We are the Pro-Life Generation” signs singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from the Broadway musical Les Miserables. The tune seemed appropriate for the occasion, considering unborn babies can’t sing or speak up for themselves.

Why did Christine and I join them? Because no unborn child should have to feel like this:

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Update: An earlier version of this post read that "tens of thousands" of pro-life activists attended the march. In actuality, it was hundreds of thousands.

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Cortney O'Brien

Cortney O'Brien is a Townhall web editor. Follow her on Twitter @obrienc2.

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