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Opponents on what has become their yearly day of protest.
Correspondent Shannon Bream reports from the Washington mall.
Cold temperatures and pouring rain didn't dissuade pro life advocates who came from around the world for the annual march for life in Washington.
Held each year in response to be in a verse three of Roe vs.
Wade the supreme court's landmark decision legalizing abortion house speaker John Boehner headline this year's rally -- her.
Being the voice of the people.
Oppose taxpayer funding of award -- Okay.
Peterson being pro life isn't a political position though it was clear today that many marchers -- abortion as a key election year issue.
You're gonna hear a lot of talk today about getting ready for the elections and increasing the pro life the numbers that.
That we have in the house and the senate and of course in the White House.
A large percentage of -- and the thousands and senate to march today was made of young people high school college groups even graduate students Tuesday.
They make sure their voices are heard in this important debates I -- a survivor I was born out of wedlock.
And down my mother could have had an abortion would mean thank -- she did it because I'm here today.
A number of the marchers expressed concern over the administration's decision late Friday to implement a federal regulation that will -- Catholic hospitals and colleges until August 2013.
To comply with the requirement that they -- insurance plans offer coverage of contraceptives.
In direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
-- ever pro life advocates say they are having great success chipping away at -- by backing measures at the state level.
According to Americans United for Life more than 460 measures were considered in 47 states last year and more than seventy of them passed.
Pro choice leaders say Americans who value freedom should be alarmed by those numbers.
Last year we predicted.
That our opponents would ignore the public's call to focus on immediate challenges.
Including the economy.
And instead launch an all out war on women.
Sadly our predictions came true.
At near record levels it appears the fight will continue with a record number of abortion related measures expected at the state level this year.
In Washington -- -- Bream Fox News.
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