WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists from across the United States – and a number of international contingents from around the world – will take part in the annual march to end abortion despite severe weather conditions set to move into the area overnight, according to Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund.
Inches of snow, blustery winds, and a wind chill below zero will not stop the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Monahan said this afternoon.
As of this writing, the National Weather Service forecasts that 4-to-8 inches of snow will blanket the city by morning. The nation's capital is under a winter storm watch until late evening, then a wind chill advisory until tomorrow at noon, when wind chills could make the temperature feel well below zero.
“We absolutely will go on tomorrow,” Monahan said. “The March has never been canceled because of extreme temperatures, and it won't be canceled tomorrow for that reason.”
Monahan announced a few changes to the planned March events. Organizers had scheduled a brief concert by Matt Maher before the rally, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. That is now canceled due to weather. Maher will instead perform briefly during the event, beginning at noon.
The rally itself will also be shortened, to limit the amount of time marchers are exposed to the elements.
“We are going to try to do an abbreviated rally, starting at noon and we will be marching hopefully by 12:45 at the latest,” Monahan told attendees of the annual Law of Life Summit. “So plan to come, plan to be very, very warm, and to hear about the wonderful theme of adoption.”
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In a preview of tomorrow's theme, Monahan reminded the pro-life leaders present that “1.21 million babies are aborted annually, versus only about 18,000 to 20,000 infants who are adopted.”
“We're trying to encourage mothers who are facing an unexpected pregnancy to consider the nobility of being a birth mother,” she said.