‘Our politicians are promoting it, and it’s just heartbreaking’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – They came from near and far, across deserts, plains and mountains. They were young, old and middle-aged. Their faces reflected the face of America – white, black, Asian and Hispanic.

Clad in coats, hats and sweaters, they all descended on Washington, D.C. on a chilly, blustery January day. The weather may have been cold, but their enthusiasm seemed to warm the air around them. They were there to celebrate the one thing they shared in common: life.

This was the March for Life, a gathering of pro-life advocates held every year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Hundreds of thousands of passionate demonstrators crowded right into the heart of Washington to voice their opposition to abortion.

The event began with an hour-long rally on the National Mall. A few members of Congress spoke, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. Folk singer Marie Miller serenaded the crowd. The Rev. Sammy Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference fired up the spectators with his closing remarks.

And then came the march. Among the hundreds of thousands of marchers, there were many young faces, most of them filled with passion. A group of teenage girls sang “Jesus Loves Me” as they marched. A crowd of preteen boys recited the familiar call-and-response chant from the movie “Remember the Titans,” replacing the line “We are titans!” with “We are Christians!”

It was clear that many young marchers fully supported the pro-life cause.

“When people can’t stand for themselves, we have to be the ones to do it, and I think it’s important to learn that as teenagers, we need to stand up for what we believe in,” said Izzy Childs, a student at Villa Duchesne High School in St. Louis.

“It’s nice to feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself, and to feel like as young people, we are making a difference and we are able to speak up and have a voice,” said her classmate, Gabby Alvez.

Some young marchers said their pro-life views were based on their Catholic faith.

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