Marching time has come again for people who oppose abortion.

The annual March for Life will be held Friday on the National Mall, between 7th and 9th streets in Washington, D.C.

The event marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal.

A busload of march participants will leave St. Joseph Catholic Church, at 2935 Kingston Road in Springettsbury Township, at 7:30 a.m. Friday and return at 6:30 p.m. that day, according to church's website at

Bus seats are open to anyone who wants to participate in the march, said the Rev. Louis Petruha, St. Joseph's pastor.

"My hope is that the people who take part in the march and demonstration are able to continue an educational process for the people of our country as to the evils of abortion, and hopefully (the march) will help our country to once again respect human life from the very beginning to the very end," he said.

Heather Shumaker, director of public affairs with Planned Parenthood of Central Pennsylvania, took a different position.

While people have the right to march and protest abortion, she said, the public should keep in mind that women can make their own decisions about abortion.


"Our message is from the perspective of (Roe v. Wade) that we recognize the need continues for women to have access to safe and legal abortion," she said. "We don't know a woman's specific situation. We're not in her shoes. It's her decision to choose abortion, adoption or to raise a child."

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