An estimated 50,000 prolife activists marched on Washington, D.C., last month to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. It was the fifteenth annual March for Life since the high court’s landmark 1973 decision.

The march began with a rally in front of the White House. There, for the fourth consecutive year, President Reagan addressed the group by way of a telephone hookup. “America was founded on a moral proposition that human life—all human life—is sacred,” the President said. “Are we to forget the entire moral mission of our country through history? Well, my answer is no.”

Reagan urged passage of prolife legislation he has sent to Congress, and he pledged to fight all federal funding of abortion. To that end, he encouraged support of new regulations that would cut off funding of family planning groups that promote and perform abortions.

After the rally, the activists marched to the Supreme Court building, many carrying banners and singing hymns. The march was peaceful, although a Court spokesperson said 35 people were arrested for praying at an illegal place on the Court grounds.

Organizers said marchers came from nearly every state, and March for Life president Nellie Gray said she was “extremely pleased” by this year’s turnout. “It shows that America’s prolife movement is here to stay,” she said. “It has lasted 15 years … and is going to persist until all the preborn children are protected.”

Meanwhile, the prochoice movement is claiming continued public support for abortion. At a press conference two days before the march, the National Abortion Rights Action League ...

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