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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/24/2011

March for Life supporters flood D.C.

By Katie Rogers


Madison Hopson, 17, from King of Prussia, Pa., says the Pledge of Allegiance during an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. The anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade was January 22nd.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon).

March for Life activities kicked off in Washington Monday morning with a celebration Mass for youth at Verizon Center.

More than 27,000 people secured tickets to the Verizon Center event, so you're likely to see large groups of young people throughout the District, particularly near the Supreme Court or the National Mall. View a full list of traffic closings here.

The march marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (officially Jan. 22), a landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Victories at the polls in November among conservative politicians have led some to believe that there is an opportunity to rein in the access that Roe v. Wade granted..

An increasing number of restrictions have already been adopted. Nebraska passed a law last year that outlaws abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Under the health care overhaul, pregnant women will be required to have an ultrasound before an abortion and states will be allowed to prohibit abortion insurance beginning in 2014. Five states passed such measures last year.

What are you seeing out there?

Send us tweet-sized observations by using #marchforlife on Twitter or by uploading a photo to this gallery.

More from around the web:

  • TBD's Amanda Hess reports on pro-life merchandise being sold in accordance with the march.
  • Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann will be giving the keynote address at the March for Life's Rose Dinner, according to the group's website.
  • Was your commute crowded today due to the March? Tell us what it was like using #marchforlife on Twitter.

View the Twitter conversation around #marchforlife here:

By Katie Rogers  | January 24, 2011; 12:23 PM ET
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Again this year, looking awfully corn-fed.

Posted by: SydneyP | January 24, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

how about calling it the PRO LIFE Rally instead of the anti-abortion rally? All of the people are standing up FOR life.

Posted by: oatleyj316 | January 24, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

If it's a "pro life" rally, where were all the signs protesting war, genocide, and capital punishment?

Posted by: FrancoNiell | January 25, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Washington Post - you scooped the national press and the internet, neither of which reported this event. Why is is that an event in which tens of thousands of Americans participate is totally ignored by our supposedly unbiased press who assure us that they tell us everything we need to know?

Posted by: cymrais43 | January 25, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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