Today thousands of pro-lifers will take to the streets of Washington D.C. and face freezing weather conditions to send one message: life must be protected. The annual March for Life kicks off this afternoon on the National Mall. This year's theme revolves around the 40th annivesary of Roe v. Wade and the March for Life is reminding people of the 55,000,000 million lives that have been taken since the landmark decision was made to legalize abortion.
This year in particular we aim to raise awareness in the minds of all Americans of the 40th Anniversary and the toll this has taken on these United States. Our theme includes an equation--40=55M, to signify that in the forty years since Roe v. Wade, 55 million of our fellow human beings have lost their lives to abortion. Fifty-five million is nearly the population of California and New York combined. Clearly, abortion truly is the human rights abuse of today and our theme this year reflects this reality.
A record number of people are expected this year and hotel rooms all over town are sold out. The majority of those who march are under the age of 25.
Hotel rooms that organizers reserved downtown sold out a month in advance -- something that has never happened before.
The march is also expected to draw crowds because the march's founder, Nellie Gray, died in August at age 88, and supporters may attend in her honor.
"We are anticipating a somewhat larger crowd not only because it's the 40th anniversary, but because Nellie Gray died last year," says National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson.
The March for Life march is traditionally held on Jan. 22 -- the anniversary of Roe v. Wade -- but this year, the 57th presidential inauguration caused the National Park Service to schedule the march to occur on Jan. 25.