Blizzard won't stop March for Life anti-abortion rally on Roe v. Wade anniversary

By Amy R. Connolly  |  Jan. 22, 2016 at 10:42 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- March for Life, the nation's largest annual gathering of anti-abortion activists, will battle blizzard conditions Friday to convene on the nation's capital in opposition of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1974 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

The rally, in its 43rd year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision, is expected to begin at noon on Capitol Hill with speakers who include Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and former Baltimore Ravens player Matt Birk.

Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life rally, cautioned participants to "use their best judgement" when deciding to traverse the snow or watch it on television.

"This movement to end abortion in this country is bigger than us and it is bigger than a weather event," she said. "This is a cause that is worth our best efforts and dedication, despite difficult circumstances."

The landmark Roe v. Wade decision, on Jan. 22, 1973, established a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. A year later, pro-life activists gathered in Washington, D.C., to express opposition and it has grown from there.

The blizzard is expected to bring two to three feet of snow to Washington, D.C. Public transit has been shut down and residents are being told to stay home.

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