Pro-life marchers begin trek to Supreme Court

  • Protestor lead the annual March for Life Rally near the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Thousands of abortion opponents are facing wind chills in the single digits to rally and march on Capitol Hill to protest legalized abortion, with a signal of support from Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Protestor lead the annual March for Life Rally near the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Thousands of abortion opponents are facing wind chills in the single digits to rally and march on Capitol Hill to protest legalized abortion, with a signal of support from Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • Anti-abortion demonstrators bow their heads in prayer on the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, during the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Anti-abortion demonstrators bow their heads in prayer on the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, during the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Anne Marie Duty, from Shawnee, Okla., right, joins other anti-abortion demonstrators as they rally during the annual March for Life, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, on the National Mall in Washington. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Anne Marie Duty, from Shawnee, Okla., right, joins other anti-abortion demonstrators as they rally during the annual March for Life, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, on the National Mall in Washington. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Protestors demonstrate during the March For Life anti-abortion rally outside the State Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators gathered outside the Statehouse for the annual rally to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Protestors demonstrate during the March For Life anti-abortion rally outside the State Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators gathered outside the Statehouse for the annual rally to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Pro-abortion and anti-abortion protestors rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, during the March for Life. Thousands of abortion opponents are facing wind chills in the single digits to rally and march on Capitol Hill to protest legalized abortion, with a signal of support from Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Pro-abortion and anti-abortion protestors rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, during the March for Life. Thousands of abortion opponents are facing wind chills in the single digits to rally and march on Capitol Hill to protest legalized abortion, with a signal of support from Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • Nuns on their way to support the March for Life endure freezing temperatures in the mid-teens, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)Nuns on their way to support the March for Life endure freezing temperatures in the mid-teens, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Anti-abortion demonstrators gather on the snow covered National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, for the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Anti-abortion demonstrators gather on the snow covered National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, for the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Anti-abortion demonstrators participate in the annual March for Life, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, on the National Mall in Washington. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Anti-abortion demonstrators participate in the annual March for Life, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, on the National Mall in Washington. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Thousands of protestors walk down Pennsylvania Ave in support for anti-abortion laws during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)Thousands of protestors walk down Pennsylvania Ave in support for anti-abortion laws during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • A hand full of pro-choice supporters stand in front of the Supreme Court as pro-life supporters chant back at them in support for anti-abortion laws during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)A hand full of pro-choice supporters stand in front of the Supreme Court as pro-life supporters chant back at them in support for anti-abortion laws during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Capitol Police officers stand on guard in front of the Supreme Court during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)Capitol Police officers stand on guard in front of the Supreme Court during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Thousands of protestors walk down Pennsylvania Ave in support for anti-abortion laws during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)Thousands of protestors walk down Pennsylvania Ave in support for anti-abortion laws during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Thousands of protestors march in front of the Supreme Court in support for anti-abortion laws during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)Thousands of protestors march in front of the Supreme Court in support for anti-abortion laws during the March For Life, in Washington, DC., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Anti-abortion demonstrators rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
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The 41st March for Life stepped off a little after 1 p.m. Wednesday, the culmination of three days of events to recognize the legalization of abortion and a fight to end it.

Church congregations, youth groups, university students and men and women of the cloth made their way through the slush and snow to the U.S. Supreme Court building.


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Among them, aided by crutches, was 18-year-old Raneem Alayoubi, of Detroit, Mich.

“This is only a temporary thing,” the petite brunette said as she maneuvered around a curb. “Not being born is forever.”

Despite the frigid temperatures and stinging windchill, thousands turned out for the event. Texas flags fluttered in the air, while cheers from groups out of the Plains echoed across the Mall.

Ian Sheedy, a sophomore at Holy Family Academy in Manassas, Va., held one half of a banner with his school’s name in navy and gold.

“I’m hoping there will be a pretty good turnout,” he said in reference to the snow storm on Tuesday. “There seems to be a lot of people from across the country.”

One local group that did make it was the students from The Catholic University.


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James Marafino, a junior, said between 300 and 400 students had come out to march.

“The university closed with the storm,” he said. “People were wondering if this was still going to happen. I was like, ‘Oh yeah!’”

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