WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Abortion opponents plan to march in Washington in a demonstration that coincides with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that created a constitutional, nationwide right to abortion. As TheBlaze has noted, this week marks the 40th anniversary since Roe v. Wade passed (read about the real Jane Roe here), leading to decades of debate surrounding the controversial issue.

Hundreds of thousands are expected for the noon Friday rally at the National Mall and in front of the Supreme Court. Organizers say the event will feature former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Reps. Chris Smith of New Jersey and Diane Black of Tennessee are also scheduled speakers.

March for Life Could Bring Record Breaking Crowds to National Mall Today

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Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, told the USA Today that the event’s attendance could break previously-held records. This will be her first year leading the march.

“We are expecting record-breaking crowds — 80% under the age of 20,” she said. “Mostly teenagers come and we get a lot of high school groups.”

Earlier this week, opponents marked the anniversary with workshops, prayers and calls for more limits on abortion rights.

Many streets will be closed for the rally.

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