WASHINGTON - Activists gathered on the National Mall, Monday, for the "March for Life" to stand against the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
The annual march extends to the Supreme Court steps, and many attendees use the event to visit the offices of House and Senate members.
Jan. 22 marked the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling. Pro-life advocates from around the country rallied through the weekend in Washington, D.C.
This year's March for Life kicked off with a youth Mass at the Verizon Center. More than 27,000 attended.
Advocates also gathered at the Concerned Women for America headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they took the pro-life cause global with a 90 minute webcast.
"This webcast is to educate people on the need to defund abortion," CWA president Wendy Wright said. "To tell them why and also to tell them how."
President Barack Obama released a statement marking the Roe v. Wade anniversary, calling it, "The Supreme Court decision that protects women's health and reproductive freedom."
"I am committed to protecting this constitutional right," the president added.
Several pro-life lawmakers showed for the CWA webcast, including Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa.
"It's the Pitts-Lipinski bill and we've introduced another bill, the Smith-Lipinski bill that would ban funding -- government funding, government wide -- of abortion," Pitts said. "So it's a two-pronged attack if you will."
"Today we hope to educate and inform our legislators that there are two bills being introduced that would prevent funding of abortion, using taxpayer dollars not only on the U.S. level, but on the international level," added Elaine Driscoll, director of the New Hampshire chapter of CWA.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will deliver the keynote address at Monday night's "Rose Dinner" for March for Life supporters.