WASHINGTON, January 24, 2012 ( – Although media may ignore the floods of pro-life demonstrators that clog the streets of Capitol Hill every year, their presence doesn’t go unnoticed by elected lawmakers, one U.S. Senator has said.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told a meeting of pro-life leaders the day after the March for Life that the annual visit by hundreds of thousands of Americans “makes a difference.”

“This determination to come to Washington every year has impact,” said Blunt.


“It has greater impact than you know when you’re standing out there in the crowd, because everybody who knows you’re here, knows you’re going to be back,” he said. “And knowing that you’re going to be back is probably even more important than knowing that you’re here.”

Although precise tallies have yet to be released, witnesses say that, despite the freezing rain, this year’s March may have been the largest ever. Previous marches have pushed 300,000 participants.

Rep. Chris Smith, the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, told the crowd that the upcoming 2012 presidential election would be a “watershed” moment for the pro-life movement.

The abortion advancements under President Obama, said Smith, “is a mere foretaste—a mere foreshadowing—of what will be if he is reelected.”

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