WASHINGTON – Frigid temperatures couldn't douse the spirits of pro-lifers on Monday as they flooded the streets on Capitol Hill for the annual March for Life.
Even before the official white banner made its way to the front to lead the march, the wait proved to be too long for thousands of people who went ahead of the "March for Life" sign.
"We love babies, yes we do! We love babies, how about you?" youths shouted repeatedly.
The March for Life has been held since 1974, a year after the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Participants have grown from 20,000 to what organizers estimate to now be in the hundreds of thousands – largely youths.
The 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade was Saturday.
In a statement Saturday, President Barack Obama defended the 1973 decision, saying it protects women's health and reproductive freedom. He affirmed that he is "committed to protecting this constitutional right."
At the same time, he said he remains committed to efforts to help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers and to promote adoption.
Pressuring Obama to do more to protect the unborn, one marcher on Monday held a sign reading: "Hope for me too, Obama?"