Julien's grandfather is also among the peaceful protesters. David Cannella of Falls
is proud to see two generations of his family join him in a march he's done for many of the 40 years it's been held. "It's encouraging because it doesn't always happen. We're all individuals," said Mr. Cannella.
Some of the right to life marchers have done this event for many years and say now it's important to pass the torch to a younger generation. "I went as a child and I still to this day remember the impact it made on me," said Ms. Madus.
20-year-old Emily Johnson of Maryland, a junior at the University of Scranton, has done the March For Life for about half of her life. She says it's important for young people who oppose abortion to make their voice heard. "This is our way of kind of standing up and saying we're not okay with this and even as young people I think we still have a voice whether, you know, you're under 18, over 18," said Ms. Johnson..
With a final blessing by Rev. Edward Buchheit, C.P. the pro-life protesters rode off to join hundreds of thousands of others for the march in the heart of a nation deeply divided over life and choice. The rally for the March for Life began at 12 noon on the National Mall followed by the actual march along Constitution Avenue to the steps of the Supreme Court. That's where they would protest the 1973 ruling of Roe versus Wade that legalized abortion 40 years ago this month.