(RNS) Snow, ice and below-freezing weather won’t stop thousands of people from across the country taking to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,  on Wednesday (Jan. 22) to protest abortion in the annual March for Life.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley leads a group of more than 750 youth and young adults from the Archdiocese of Boston to Washington, DC for the 40th annual March for Life on January 22, 2014. This is the largest number of attendees ever sent from the Archdiocese.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley leads a group of more than 750 youth and young adults from the Archdiocese of Boston to Washington, DC for the 40th annual March for Life on January 22, 2014. This is the largest number of attendees ever sent from the Archdiocese. Photo courtesy of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr


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The weather did force cancellation of the Nellie Gray 5K race, named for the march founder, and could shorten some speeches, but organizers say the march will go on.

“We march because 56 million Americans never had a chance to experience snow,” the March for Life’s Twitter account posted Tuesday, referring to the estimated number of abortions since the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal nationwide.

The weather has canceled flights and stopped some D.C.-bound tour buses, though.

John Triscik, 44, of Hershey, Pa., canceled his plans to take about 50 members of his youth ministry at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church to the March.

“I’d love to be able to take these kids and show them that even the weather can’t silence us, but it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Triscik said.

Jonathan Hayes, 18, of McVeytown, Pa., found out Tuesday that the buses that were supposed to carry his group of 60 to Washington were canceled.

“Make no mistake, while the weather’s impact may postpone or delay the march, it shall never diminish our cause,” Hayes said. “It will only uplift our cause even more so by reminding us that nothing — not even the elements — shall delay the pro-life generation from coming.”

Veronika Johannsen, 22, of College Station, Texas, beat the weather and arrived safely for her second time at the march.

“The face is changing. It’s not just white male politicians like the pro-choice people like to say,” Johannsen said. “All kinds of people come. Religious groups of all different denominations, former abortion workers, women who have been raped or have been conceived in rape.”

This is the 40th year that protesters will march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court, and 2014 is bringing changes like social media and a March For Life app. There is a “virtual march” on Facebook where users who can’t make it can post a past March for Life photo as their cover photo to show support.

The theme this year is adoption. Speakers will include Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois.

“We want to encourage women facing the option of abortion to choose adoption,” said Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund. “Adoption is at the center of motherhood. Motherhood is all about sacrifices. This is an ultimate sacrifice for the good of the baby.”

(Natalie DiBlasio writes for USA Today.)

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  1. “We want to encourage women facing the option of abortion to choose adoption…” said Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund.

    …Because we make a ton of money off of private adoptions that way!

    Notice how such groups make a big deal of building up their inventory for adoption businesses but do little about making such things affordable (avg costs between 20-30K, cash).

    Pro-life is all about not thinking one’s rhetoric through to logical conclusions.

    • Pro-abortion is all about giving no consideration to the importance of what one does; it is founded on the principle of “I am not responsible for anything I do, nor for its consequences.” That’s the ultimate goal of Statism.

      • You have stepped up your rhetoric to Orwell level mendacity!

        The person who wants the State to prevent women from carrying out personal decisions concerning the fetus inside their body is somehow not “Statist”?

        Again, you are not thinking out your rhetoric to its logical conclusion

        It is never your decision what a woman does with a fetus, nor the role of the state to enforce your notion of “responsibility” according to your views. You want the State to prevent people from making decisions. Very “Statist” indeed.

    • My wife and I adopted 3 children and it cost us $0.00.

      As for your comment…”Because we make a ton of money off of private adoptions that way!” The March For Life Education and Defense Fund has absolutely no such monetary relationship with any other organization, let alone some private adoption service.

      Maybe limit your comments to things you know about.

      • Which puts you in the severe minority when it comes to adoption. Average costs are still average costs whether you paid them or not.

        “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” exist solely to push anti-choice agendas and build up inventory of adoptable children. Again, you don’t hear of such groups using their resources towards making adoption more affordable or accessible to the general publix. A great deal of effort is simply on pressuring pregnant women to give children up for adoption with little concern thereafter.

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