22 Jan Young and old March for Life
The 42nd March for Life again lived up to its reputation, drawing hundreds of thousands of mostly young marchers who oppose abortion.
Except for a 40-minute delay at the Supreme Court, where pro-choice demonstrators blocked the street and refused to leave until police took some of them into custody, the march went off smoothly, under mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures.
The crowd, which poured in from all corners of the country, roared when they heard that Pope Francis tweeted the march’s motto, “Every life is a gift,” and the hashtag #marchforlife on his @Pontifex Twitter feed.
“We are the pro-life generation and we will not remain idle. It is our job to protect our brothers and sisters in the womb and their right to life,” said Julia Johnson, a senior at Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota. The Catholic school had closed this week, so eight busloads of students, teachers and chaperones could drive for 24 hours to the march and carry the lead banner.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged the marchers to be compassionate with people who disagree with them or who have experienced abortion. Be “missionaries of peace,” he said.