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High school students leave for D.C. for March for Life

The March for Life is expected to bring over 600,000 people to the nation's capital.

Posted: Jan 16, 2019 11:38 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2019 8:30 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Students from local high schools left for Washington D.C. Wednesday night to protest the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. 

The March for Life is is expected to bring over 600,000 people to the nation's capital.

The Allen County Right to Life president, Dr. Peter Scaer, said he sees the kids off every year. 

”They’ll be singing. They’ll be smiling. They’ll be celebrating life, and they’ll be saying every single person matters and that the unborn children are to be celebrated. That life is something that we thank God for," he said. 

The students call themselves the life defenders, and their goal is to end abortion entirely. 

”If you kill a pregnant lady, you’re charged with two murders, but you’re not charged with murder if you kill an unborn baby. It’s a double standard to me and it just needs to be done with in America," said Jacob Berry. 

According to the CDC, 91 percent of all abortions are performed in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Only about 1.4 percent are performed at or after 21 weeks. 

Of those, teenagers are most likely to get an abortion, citing fear of parents' reaction and denial of pregnancy. Other common reasons for getting an abortion are fetal health concerns and lack of financial support. 

Some U.S. states have recently proposed bills outlawing abortion after the first sign of a heartbeat. The Ohio governor recently vetoed such a bill, saying it would likely be shot down as unconstitutional. 

But Abigail Wilson from Warsaw said abortion should not be an answer to hardships. 

”I’ve worked a lot with student mothers at our high school and high school is hard enough. I would just say that they have other options to find people who will support them and be with them," she said. 

Remington Swanson, a senior at Lakeland Christian, said abortion leaves a hole in society, and he aims to fix that. 

“You never know who God created in that womb and who they were going to be," he said. 

The March for Life will be held Friday. Students will be back in Fort Wayne Saturday. 

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