The largest crowds of pro-lifers yet are expected to participate in the 40th anniversary of March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25.
Normally, the march is held on the actual anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. But the annual event has been pushed back this year to accommodate the presidential inauguration.
This year's march is expected to attract tens of thousands more than the record 400,000 two years ago and could actually rival President Obama's Inauguration Day crowd.
Four years ago, Obama drew 1.8 million for the historic swearing-in. This year only 600,000 are expected to attend Jan. 21.
Hotels pre-booked for march participants have also sold out a month ago while many Washington hotels reported lukewarm interest for rooms during the inauguration. In 2009, hotels sold out months in advance of Obama's first inauguration.
The March for Life events will start Thursday Jan. 24 with a youth rally, followed by a 5K race and a legal summit for law students interested in abortion law on Saturday.
As in the past, other cities will also hold marches to mark the date, including two new locations in Denver, Colo., at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, and in San Diego, Calif. at 9 a.m. on Jan. 19.
In the 40 years since Roe v. Wade, some 55 million babies have been aborted in America.