In the midst of thousands that have descended onto the streets of D.C. for Monday’s annual March for Life, politics and the November presidential elections were on the minds of many.
All four GOP candidates consider themselves pro-life and say the historic Roe v. Wade case, which legalized abortion, was a mistake. Monday marked the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision.
The candidates also support ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider.
At a pre-march rally, words of support came from House Speaker John Boehner. “We are heeding the voice of the people who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortion,” he said.
But for many, this 39th annual march—which on Monday came with cold fog and rain, was simply about ending legalized abortion. It is “so wicked to kill our children, because they're innocent and have no voice,” said Elysburg, Pa. resident Jessica Resuta.
At the high court, women who had abortions also spoke out. A small contingent of pro-choice advocates staked their claim as well.
“I have three young daughters of my own. I feel we're taking huge steps backward,” said Dallas Schubert, a Cleveland, Ohio resident.