Every year on the anniversary of Roe, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers attend the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. to remember the more than 55 million lives lost from abortion. This year the march falls on Thursday, and North Dakota students will be leading the crowd through the National Mall.
More than 160 students from schools within the Bismarck Diocese will join their peers from Shanley High School in Fargo to lead a crowd expected to exceed 500,000 in the anti-abortion march, said Nick Emmel, a religious studies teacher at St. Mary’s Central High School.
While in Washington, students also will attend conferences, tour the monuments and visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he said. This is the second year students from St. Mary’s will participate in the march.
The march will take place Thursday. It occurs every year around the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
This year is the 42nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, and its companion case, Doe vs. Bolton, which legalized abortion in all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason in the United States. However, pro-lifers are feeling more encouraged than ever because states are passing legislation to protect women and children from abortion; they’re implementing common-sense restrictions on abortion facilities; and pro-lifers now hold the majority in Congress, opening the door for pro-life legislation to have a fair hearing.
In fact, on January 22nd, the U.S. House will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortion after 20-weeks. Douglas Johnson from the National Right to Life Committee commented on the legislation before U.S. Congress. He said, “The Franks-Blackburn bill is based on the NRLC model legislation that has been enacted in 10 states, and it reflects a policy that is broadly supported in national public opinion polls. In the new Congress, every member of the House and Senate will go on record on whether to permit the continued killing of pain-capable unborn children, in the sixth month and later.”
A national poll by The Polling Company found that, after being informed that there is scientific evidence that unborn children are capable of feeling pain at least by 20 weeks, 64% would support a law banning abortion after 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life was in danger. Only 30% said they would oppose such a law. Additionally, according to a 2014 CNN survey, 20% of American’s say abortion should always be illegal and 38% say most abortions should be illegal — making it so 58 percent of Americans oppose all or virtually all abortions.
As LifeNews previously reported, only 27% of Americans side with Planned Parenthood and President Barack Obama in saying abortions should always be legal. Another 13 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases, making it so only 40 percent of Americans generally favor legalized abortion in most instances.