After the speeches were over, the crowd began to leave the Mall, then stopped for many minutes until apparently a gate opened again, letting a few people through.
While most people stood still, shivering and occasionally chanting “Roe v Wade has got to go,” the Transform DJs, who started the march program with pounding music and a blanket declaration that they’re advocating an end to all abortion without exception, showed a video.
The video featured an abortion clinic and a patient struggling away from the exam table, running out the office and down the street barefoot and sobbing.
As those images played, the energized crowd began to slowly march to the Supreme Court, where every year they demonstrate on the steps.
March president Jeanne Mancini has said the marchers are demanding a national ban on abortion after 20 weeks, a Supreme Court Justice who opposes abortion and permanent status for the Hyde amendment, which blocks federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother’s life.
Here are some photos from the day: