Vermilion Catholic students, parents attend March of Life in Washington D.C.
Vermilion Catholic students and parents take a group picture in Washington D.C.
There were 24 Vermilion Catholic students and 11 adults who attended the March for Life in Washington D.C. on Thursday.
This is 42nd year of the march and the second year in a row Vermilion Catholic is represented.
The March for Life program will begin with a rally at noon. The rally features appearances by prominent public figures, religious leaders, and leaders of pro-life organizations from across the United States and from other countries as well.
As the rally concludes, tens of thousands pour into Constitution Avenue and began the march to Capitol Hill and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The marchers came from all walks of life and from all corners of the United States, men and women of all ages, families with small children, and high school and college students in large numbers.
The March for Life has taken place every year since the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1974. That year, about 20,000 people rallied on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol, then marched in a “Circle of Life” around the Capitol Building before fanning out to lobby their Members of Congress, demanding action on behalf of the unborn. From those relatively modest beginnings, the March for Life has grown dramatically: 50,000 in 1976; 65,000 in 1977; 100,000 in 1986. The numbers have continued to climb, while a new generation of pro-life Americans has taken its place in the ranks. An estimated 225,000 marched on the 25th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1998. (Approximately 200 of them were with People for Life.) Then, in 2001, people came in record numbers once again, to celebrate the first inauguration of George W. Bush.
In January 2009, March for Life attendance set a new record of 300,000 plus in response to the election of President Obama, who is militantly pro-abortion and has since demonstrated unyielding support for the pro-abortion agenda. Attendance has continued to increase dramatically.