Pope Frances announced his support for the anti-abortion rally held in D.C. where thousands of demonstrators gathered today.
"I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable,” Francis tweeted Wednesday.
The protest is being held on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade.
The March for Life began on the National Mall at noon Wednesday, proceeding along Constitution Ave. to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court.
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Illinois Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski are scheduled to speak at the rally.
Organizers say they want to eliminate the stigma surrounding adoption and promote adoption as an alternative to abortion, The Associated Press reported.
President Barack Obama issued a statement Wednesday that said the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a change to "recommit ourselves to the decision's guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health,” according to Fox News.
He said the U.S. should be committed to helping women access health care, preserving the right to privacy and reducing unwanted pregnancies.
Abortion has been legal in the U.S. since 1973. It became legal in Italy in 1978.