Some 3,000 faithful from the Philadelphia archdiocese attended the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18. asked several local participants why they chose to attend.

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Robin McLaughlin
(St. Maria Goretti Parish, Hatfield)

McLaughlin, who attended with two of her teenage daughters and one of their friends, said that she wanted to demonstrate a commitment to “life at all levels.”



Megan Travaline
(Montgomeryville native living in Washington, D.C. and extended parishioner of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer in North Wales)

Travaline, a feminist who has attended the March for Life with her family since childhood, says that “pro-life is pro-woman.”



Sister Margaret, S.V. 
(Sisters of Life, Archdiocese of New York)

Having attended the march since the early 1990’s, Sister Margaret has noticed a shift in the participants’ ages, with more Millennials advocating for the pro-life mission.



Valerie McLaughlin
(Sophomore, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School and parishioner of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, Hatfield)

A first-time participant at the march, McLaughlin described how the pro-life message speaks to the #MeToo generation.



Barry Pine
(St. Andrew Parish, Newtown)

Pine has attended the annual March for Life since 1993, and believes the demonstration speaks powerfully to men as well as women.