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45th March for Life: 'Look at How Young They Are'

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President Donald Trump addresses Friday's March for Life by video link from the Rose Garden. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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"There's many, many, many young people here and they are going to make a difference in the cause for life."

That's what Marlene Tunnell of Cleveland, Ohio told Newsmax as pro-life activists from across the nation gathered in Washington DC for the 45th annual March for Life.

Tunnell has been coming to the annual marches, in her words, "from the beginning." What struck her most about this march is what struck many activists who spoke to us: that the March for Life seems to grow younger and younger each year, and its massive crowds include more younger pro-lifers.

"The number of young is what really made an impression on me," said Michele Anderson, mother of six and chaperone for a contingent of youthful marchers at St. Joseph's Catholic Academy in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Olandino DeLaCruz, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic now working for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Columbus (OH), told us how "when I went to confession [before the March for Life Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington DC], I would say 60 percent of the people ahead of me were young — teenaged and 20's. It was wonderful."

Leaders and organizers of the March for Life made little secret of being aware that their movement is growing younger. In his homily at St. Matthew's, Auxiliary Bishop Rev. Mario Dorsonville of Washington DC, addressed the young by saying: "You are not the future.you are the present."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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