Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the National Mall on Friday to protest the 40-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the first trimester.
Pictured: Jenese English, who opposes abortion, protests in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)
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Buses are shuttling in anti-abortion protesters from all over the country for the annual March for Life. Organizers predict many of them will be young people.
"We are expecting record-breaking crowds -- 80% under the age of 20," said Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund. "Mostly teenagers come and we get a lot of high school groups."
This is Monahan's first year leading the march. She predicts the event will be different from past years.
"It's a pretty big event to pull off -- the planning for next year's march started last week," Monahan said.
Nellie Gray, who had led the anti-abortion demonstrators every year since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in 1973, died in August at age 88.
"We want to appeal to the younger crowd, so we made big changes," Monahan said. "We shortened the program from longer than two hours to an hour, picked speakers who are more engaging and we are deeply engaging social media."
According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 37% of Americans do not know that Roe v. Wade dealt with the issue of abortion. Among the age group targeted by the March for Life, the number is higher -- 57% of adults under age 30 don't know what the case is about.
SOURCE: Natalie DiBlasio