Thousands gather for March for Life in D.C. on day 28 of government shutdown

    Forty-six years after the U.S Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, March For Life is going on as scheduled in the midst of a partial government shutdown. 100,000 people are expected. This is among the most high profile events organized by opponents of abortion. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (John Gonzalez/ABC7)

    They have marched for 45 years and say the partial government shutdown was not going to stop this event this year. And obviously the wintry mix the D.C. area got Friday morning was not a deterrent either.

    The March for Life took place in downtown D.C. Friday. The event began with a rally on the National Mall and a musical performance by popular Christian band Sidewalk Prophets.

    The first march took place on the west steps of the Capitol in January 1974, the year after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. Thousands braved the cold to attend Friday's event, among the most high-profile organized by the nation's opponents of abortion.

    Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the event, listed actions the administration has taken over the past two years to deter abortions.

    Trump noted that the administration has ensured foreign aid doesn't flow to organizations that promote abortion. Pence credited Trump with nominating conservative judges to the federal bench.

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