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Thousands of anti-abortion activists took to the National Mall on Friday.
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Thousands of anti-abortion activists took to the National Mall on Friday.

Abortion opponents rallied outside the Supreme Court and on the National Mall Friday to protest the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The youngest speaker at the rally was Ruben Aaorn Verastigui, 19, an intern for Students for Life of America. He says he supports programs for young mothers that ease the burdens of unplanned chilren.

"I totally agree with supporting organizations and programs that help mothers being able to keep their child and stay in school and being a working mom to support the child later on in life," Verastigui says. "And I think that it's an amazing thing that we can have organizations and programs that can do this for mother so they can keep their child and stay healthy and keep their lives."

Also among the protesters was Jimmy LaSalvia, with the group Go Proud.

"We're out here to show that gay people can be pro-life," LaSalvia says. "One misconception about the gay community is that everybody is pro-choice. And a misconception about the pro-life community is that they are anti-gay. And we think that you can be pro-life and pro-gay, so we're out here to show our common ground and represent.

After the rally, Jimmy and thousands of others marched to the Supreme Court. Many of the streets between 7th and 9th Street and Constitution Ave. were closed leading up to the march.

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