Thousands Gather at Right to Life March 2000

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

Washington ( - Thousands of pro-life supporters from nearly all 50 states and several foreign countries rallied behind the White House Monday to protest the 27th anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe vs Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

Some marchers came to Washington to protest the ruling from as far away as France, where according to the director of pro-life group there abortion procedures did not become legal until 25 years ago, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court passed Roe vs. Wade.

"There is now an upheaval of resistance to abortion in France," Associatione droit de Naitre (Right to be Born) Director Nelson Fragelli told He added that 25 million French babies have been aborted since its legalization there.

Many of the pro-life supporters were young people, either with their parents or had left school to participate in the event.

Judy Aungst, a mother of six from Newark, Delaware, attending the march with two of her sons, Keenan, 7 and Chris, 12.

She told she had participated in numerous marches for life since the early 1990's.

Chris Aungst said he with his mother for this march because "The Right to Life is the first unalienable right."

High School classmates Matt Myer, 15, Karen White, 15, and Nick Balzano 16, came from Cincinnati to attend the March for Life. White told they came to protest "The most unjust execution," quoting from Pope John Paul II.