WASHINGTON — For the first time in years, abortion opponents will have all the political momentum when they hold their annual rally on the National Mall on Friday in Washington, D.C.
Friday’s event marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Friday’s event will have one of its biggest name speakers in years — Vice President Mike Pence.
The expected attendance for this year’s march is at least 50,000. President Donald Trump insisted last night that the crowd would be far larger than that even.
One of Trump’s first official acts after taking office a week ago was to sign an executive order banning U.S. aid to foreign groups that provide abortions.
Americans remain deeply divided on abortion.
The latest Gallup survey, released last spring, found that 47 percent of Americans described themselves as pro-choice and 46 percent as pro-life.
It also found that 79 percent believed abortion should be legal in either some or all circumstances.
More than 200 people made the journey from Erie to Washington, D.C., to take part in the annual march for life.
Four buses full of local residents gathered at Saint George’s Church on Peach Street to prepare for the trip.
They’re passionate about continuing the tradition of marching for a cause in the nation’s capital.
“It’s incredibly inspirational,” Marielle Lafaro said. “Year after year to see more people coming out, and standing up for this cause and joining together, uniting our voices for something we feel really, really strongly about.”