Washington — With 13 congressmen and two Senators, the number of members of Pennsylvania’s delegation who oppose abortion is the largest it’s been in years. Several of them spoke to rally-goers at the annual March for Life in DC on Friday.
There’s not an official crowd estimate, but organizers say between 500,000 and 650,000 people marched on the National Mall. The annual protest commemorates the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, 40 years old this year.
Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-Centre) and Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) joined fellow legislators to welcome the protesters to Washington and to call for measures to provide alternatives to abortion nationwide.
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) did not appear on stage at the rally but did express support in a press release issued by his office.
“The most fundamental of all human rights is the right to life, and today hundreds of thousands of Americans traveled to Washington, D.C. to affirm that right for all Americans, born and unborn. Among the marchers today were hundreds of residents from the Third District of Pennsylvania, who braved the frigid temperatures to be a voice for the most vulnerable in our society: the unborn. I am immensely humbled by their great affirmation of and commitment to life, and as their representative in Washington, I will continue to stand alongside them in their fight to defend life.”
After the march Pennsylvania residents were invited to a reception hosted by members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation where Senator Pat Toomey spoke. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. later met with rally-going Pennsylvanians in the Hart Senate Building.
All 13 Republican members of Congress from Pa. identify as pro-life, as do Toomey, a Republican, and Casey, a Democrat.
Polls in the past year have painted a complicated picture of public opinion on this complicated issue. A majority of Americans describe themselves as pro-life versus pro-choice, according to a recent survey from Gallup. However just 29 percent of respondents in a recent Pew survey said they want to see Roe overturned.
The group Americans United for Life, which participated in the rally, ranks Pennsylvania as the number 3 most pro-life state in the country based on the laws regulating abortions.