Annual March for Life draws crowds in Washington

Marchers gather for an anti-abortion rally during the annual March for Life Thursday on the National Mall in Washington. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington to protest the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion.

WASHINGTON — Anti-abortion demonstrators crowded on to the National Mall for an annual march coinciding with a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Demonstrators at the 42nd annual March for Life on Thursday carried signs ranging from ones that said “Defend Life” and “I am a voice for the voiceless” to “Thank God my mom’s prolife.” The march is held annually on the same day that in 1973 that the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, a decision that created a constitutional right to abortion.

Among the speakers that addressed the group were several members of Congress, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington; Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey; Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina.