‘March for Life’ in Washington, DC, on Friday

PROVIDENCE, R.I.(WPRI) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather in Washington, D.C., on Friday for the annual March for Life rally.

It’s been held every year for the last 44 years, since the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in 1973.

Carol Owens from the Diocese of Providence told Eyewitness News she has gone every year for the last 14 years.

“People feel now we have hope,” she said. Owens is referring to the new pro-life president, the Republican-controlled Congress and the open-seat on the Supreme Court bench.

Owens organized two buses for people from the area attending the event.

“They’re there for that same reason, to just encourage people to think about that unborn child,” Owens said.

Mike Krzywonos is participating in the march. “We hope there’s going to be a lot of changes in Washington,” he said.

Lauren Hicks will be headed to D.C. for her third march. Her message, she said, was of love. “It’s just about trying to educate people because I’ve found that when people are really educated on the issue and understand what’s happening, that their views change,” she added.

The march begins Friday at 12 p.m. and is expected to run for several hours.

After the House of Representatives passed an abortion funding ban, the National Abortion Federation released a statement: “The House and its leadership should not interfere with personal medical decisions in order to advance their own ideological agenda.”