March for Life participants make their way up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building Jan. 25. The pro-life demonstration marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo /Bob Roller) (Jan. 25, 2012) See MARCH-COLOR and MARCH-SPEECHES Jan. 25, 2013.

For the past 43 years, thousands of people have made the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. on January 22 from across our nation to participate in the March for Life. People drive from two hours away and people ride buses for 14 hours. They will brave the elements to walk two miles from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Supreme Court. They will offer prayers. They will speak with our elected representatives.

Today will be no different.

Why?

We march because babies are dying of abortion every day. In the U.S., there are over 3,300 abortions performed each day on average. In comparison, there are approximately 44 homicides in the U.S. each day.

We march because we are missing our potential siblings, cousins, peers, teachers, coaches, and spouses. Abortion takes away a person who would have made a difference in someone’s life.

We march because we cannot pretend to be ignorant to what is happening in abortion facilities, including what has been revealed in the Center for Medical Progress videos.

We march because women are being hurt physically and emotionally from abortion.

We march because every human being is made in the image and likeness of God and has an inherent dignity from the moment of conception.

We march because abortion is not women’s health care.

We march because women deserve better than abortion….and so do men.

We march because we can change the hearts and minds of others in our country to respect all human life.

We march because we are the survivors of abortion. As survivors, we have an obligation to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves.

We march because every person matters.

For live coverage of the Generation Life pilgrimage to the March for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, visit genlifestl365.com or follow @GenLifeStl on Twitter.