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March for Life heads to the Supreme Court

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:

Amy Hofer of South Dakota stands outside the Supreme Court after participating in the March for Life.
Marchers make their way to the Supreme Court during the March for Life.
Participants in The March for Life 2017 gather around the Washington Monument. (Astrid Riecken For The Boston Globe)
Participants in The March for Life gather around the Washington Monument. (Astrid Riecken For The Boston Globe)
Jaime Brown, 22 and Molly Hurtado, 30, both from Connecticut, pose before the 44th annual March for Life rally. The women work together at a pregnancy resource center. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)
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People gather at the base of the Washington Monument Friday morning for the March for Life. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

After 43 years of doggedly demonstrating against abortion at the annual March for Life each January, thousands of abortion opponents are gathering Friday on the Mall with great reason for optimism. Just days into his presidency, Donald Trump has made abortion one of his first priorities in office.

With a likely eye toward rewarding voters who supported him based heavily on expectations that he would act on abortion, Trump has already revived an old policy banning U.S. funding for groups abroad that pay for abortions or provide information about abortion. On Tuesday, he signaled his intentions to nominate an antiabortion justice to the Supreme Court next week, and he has vowed more action to follow.

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