Thousands gather in Washington for annual anti-abortion March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion opponents from across the country are in the nation's capital for the 40th annual March for Life.

After rallying at noon Friday on the National Mall, participants who organizers predict will number in the hundreds of thousands will march to the Supreme Court to protest the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The national director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, told a youth rally Thursday that "the days of legal abortion in America are numbered." Amid cheers, he declared, "This evil will end and we will see it end."

March for Life President Jeanne (JEE'-nee) Monahan said the marchers will be mourning "the loss of 55 million Americans," an abortion total she noted is equivalent to about a sixth of today's U.S. population.

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313-w-31-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Father Frank Pavone, national director, Priests for Life)--Abortion opponents from across the country are in the nation's capital for Friday's 40th annual March for Life. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (24 Jan 2013)

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314-a-12-(Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, speaking at youth rally)-"see it end"-Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, predicts that Roe v. Wade won't be the last word. ((cut used in wrap)) (24 Jan 2013)

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315-a-07-(Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, praying at youth rally)-"over human life"-Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, asks God to bless Friday's anti-abortion march. (24 Jan 2013)

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316-a-12-(Jeanne (JEE'-nee) Monahan, president of the March for Life, speaking at youth rally)-"of our country"-Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life, says 40 years of abortion have taken their toll. (24 Jan 2013)

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