Published Jan 16, 2018 at 3:38 PM | Updated at 11:40 PM EST on Jan 19, 2018
Thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the 45th annual March for Life, which marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, which made abortions legal under federal law. President Donald Trump made an appearance, via video, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to address the anti-abortion demonstrators. Earlier Friday morning, hundreds had filled Capitol One Arena for a mass and concert before the march.
House speaker Paul Ryan, representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Lipinski and Chris Smith and Tim Tebow's mother, Pam Tebow, were also scheduled to speak.
Organizers received a permit for between 50,000 and 100,000 participants, according to National Park Service spokesperson Mike Litterst.
During the march, several road closures will be in effect, the D.C. Department of Transportation says. F Street NW between 6th and 7th streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., rolling street closures may affect your route on 7th Street between G Street and Jefferson Drive NW. Constitution Avenue will face rolling street closures between 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. between 12th and 1st streets NE.
The march has brought many protesters to D.C. in its 45-year history. Scroll to get a sense of what past Marches for Life were like.