WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of pro-life leaders will gather at the steps of the U.S. Supreme court today for a prayer service to mourn the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. The activists will lay 3,300 flowers on the steps of the court, representing the 3,330 children that die every day in America from abortion and the 3,300 women who are wounded through abortion.

"On the 40th Memorial of Roe v. Wade, our hearts break for the tragic loss of millions of innocent children and the diminishing of women through the violence of abortion,” said Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, who is organizing the event.

"We are leaving these flowers to honor these children and say their lives have purpose, meaning and dignity.

"We are also standing with the women who have been wounded through abortion, and calling upon our nation to offer women in challenging pregnancies something better than abortion.”

The service will begin at 1:00 P.M. on the public sidewalk in front of the court.

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Leaders who will be present include Lila Rose of Live Action, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, and others.

In addition to the prayer service, Mahoney said that the leaders will hold a press conference discussing how to move forward in the wake of President Obama’s re-election.

"Although disappointing, the election of President Obama has energized our movement in a powerful way and it is forcing us to work on a local and state level where our greatest strength has always been,” said Mahoney.

Mahoney observed that there are five states with only one abortion clinic in them, and predicted, “We will soon see America's first abortion free state.”

"The simple reality is Roe v. Wade will most likely crumble,” he said, “not through being overturned at the Supreme Court, but through the constant chipping away through local initiatives and state courts.

"Our message is clear on the 40th Memorial of Roe.  We will never rest or be silent until the violence of abortion ends and there is human rights and justice for all Americans!"