Thousands 'March for Life' in Washington

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CBNNews.com  -  Thousands of pro-life advocates endured the frigid temperatures on the National Mall, Thursday, in hopes of bringing media attention to their cause as they marched toward the Supreme Court.

Today marks the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Court's landmark ruling legalizing abortion.

What role will the Obama Administration play in the abortion debate? Click play for more insight from CBN News Political Reporter David Brody, following this report.

The group gathered on the National Mall at noon and made their way down the court building. Some held signs and banners that read 'Defend life' and 'Stop abortion.'

Calling for Media Attention

Nellie Gray, who founded the March for Life event 36 years ago, called for more media attention to the pro-life position.

"What we're more interested in is some full coverage of our life principles, and why we are out here in the middle of winter," Gray said. "Why do people get on buses and come here to the Mall, to talk to Congress? It would help if the press would see that as news."

March participant Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International, said she wanted Washington to see the lives that have been saved by crisis pregnancy centers. Heartbeat International, is a non-profit network of pro-life centers in the United States.

"On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade, after 36 years of the dehumanizing choice to abort a child, Heartbeat is bringing to Capitol Hill children saved by the compassionate care of pregnancy centers," she said. "Members of Congress need to hear from the women we serve."

An Online Harris Interactive Survey shows that eighty-two percent of Americans oppose unrestricted abortion. Thirty-eight percent would limit abortion to cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Since the 1973 ruling, about 50 million unborn children have been aborted.

New Administration

Many pro-lifers fear the Obama Administration will set back their movement by easing restrictions on federal funding.

Earlier today, President Obama postponed his decision to repeal the "global gag rule,' which bans overseas family planning groups from getting U.S. dollars to fund abortion. However Obama is expected to eventually sign the bill.

In sign of sensitivity to the pro-life cause, Obama reaffirmed his commitment to reduce abortions, while still upholding women's choice to abort.

"While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make," he said in a released statement.  Click here to read the full statement.

During his campaign, Obama also promised to sign the controversial Freedom of Choice Act. This bill gives every woman the right to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy.

In response, 81 House Republicans have asked him to reject the measure.

Sources: Associated Press, ABC News, The Washington Times

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