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Young and upbeat: Millennials in March for Life resolute, passionate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 600,000 people participated in the 44th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday, and nearly 75 percent were millennials, proving the claim that young people today are the most pro-life generation ever.

According to a Gallup Poll, 53 percent of millennials believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and only 17 percent believe abortions should have no restrictions.

At least 100 colleges from across the country were represented at the event, each school adding a new color to the sea of activists.

People piled in front of the Monument for the rally, holding signs that read “We are the pro-life generation” and “We don’t need Planned Parenthood.”

The event was marked as memorable and historic as Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the rally, the first vice president ever to do so.

“Life is winning again in America,” Pence said, prompting the crowd to roar with enthusiasm so loudly it could be heard from the steps of the Supreme Court.

Hope felt palpable along Capitol Avenue as hundred of thousands of marchers set off to the Supreme Court chanting: “We are the Pro-Life generation.”

At the Supreme Court, pro-abortion activists made a thin line between the heavily pro-life crowd with signs that read, “Keep abortion safe and Legal,” “We won’t go back,” and “Abortion on demand without apology.”

As police blocked the protesters from the march, 20 students got on their knees and bowed their heads, silently praying for nearly an hour. Through the chants of the pro-abortion activists, the kneeling students sang Amazing Grace, their voices lifting above the fray.

“The energy of the March for Life was joyful, uplifting and almost celebratory,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, told The Washington Times. “I see it every day among collegiates across the country. We know that this is our time to make great strides toward abolishing abortion, defunding Planned Parenthood and creating a culture welcoming of all life.”

Unlike years prior, it appeared media covered the event thoroughly.

“The March was a huge success,” former president of Mississippi State Students for Life, Anja Scheib, told The College Fix. “The media coverage was bigger than it’s ever been.”

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Sade Patterson -- University of New Mexico