Millennials march for life in D.C.

Thousands of pro-lifers protested in Washington, D.C. last week at the March for Life, but when scanning the crowd, it is obvious that Millennials are now at the forefront of the abortion fight.

Forty-two years after Roe v. Wade, thousands of Millennials from colleges across the country showed their support for the unborn: students from Ave Maria University, Benedictine College, Catholic University of America, Valdosta State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were just a few of the schools represented.

“It is an important issue because it is time to end abortion,” Ave Maria student Ethan Weltens told Campus Reform. “Our generation is becoming more pro-life and because of that we can definitely win the fight.”

Millennials are increasingly pro-life according to a 2010 poll by Gallup.

Seth Collins, a student from Valdosta State University, held up a sign that read “Black Lives Matter, Stop Abortion.”

“It is important that African Americans know the truth about abortion and why it was created. Margaret Sanger wanted to exterminate blacks and the best way she knew how was to promote the killing of babies,” Collins said.

Before the march began, the crowd heard from speakers such Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who shared her story of giving birth to a child diagnosed with Down syndrome and how she chose life.

Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), spoke about being a Democrat and supporting life because it is not a party issue, but a human issue.

Led by students from Shanley High School (Fargo, N.D.), the passionate crowd moved through the streets of downtown D.C., from the National Mall to the Supreme Court. Benedictine College band members played music and chanted the phrases “Life” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go!”

Upon approaching the Supreme Court, the crowd came to a halt. Ahead of the pro-life crowd were pro-choice counter-protesters who held signs that read “Abortion on Demand, No Apology,” “Keep Abortion Legal,” and “When Abortion was Illegal Women Died.”

Police officers handcuffed violent pro-choice advocates and allowed the march to continue. In front of the Supreme Court, some pro-lifers were asked to stay on the sidewalk and allow the leaders of the march to go first.

The march ended with pro-lifers reconvening at the Library of Congress with signs that read “Hands Up! Don’t Abort,” and “After Hitler We Said Never Again So why Now?”

“Abortion is an issue that everyone can get involved with. Call your representatives and let them know that they should be getting involved with the fight to save lives.” Brandon Kirby from Douglasville told marchers at the end of the day.

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