This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WASHINGTON D.C.– The controversial legislation that made abortion legal in the United States in the case of Roe v. Wade was passed 42 years ago Thursday. On the anniversary of the bill passing, thousands of people from all over the country attended the annual March for Life that headed to Capitol Hill.

According to its website, “The March for Life began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.”

After a brief rally at the Washington Monument, the crowd filled Constitution Avenue, stretching for several blocks as people headed for Capitol Hill, according to USA Today.

“While recent reports show a significant decrease in the annual number of abortions, tragically, nearly 3,000 unborn children are still killed every day in the United States,” Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life Committee said.

This year’s march focused on the younger generation and youth activism, including high school and college students to use social media to spread the word about pro-life choices and the March for Life.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. recently tried to pass a bill that would ban the abortion of a fetus after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the exception women who had been reportedly raped or incest involving a minor.

The decision to cancel the vote came after some congressional leaders objected that the legislation was “too restrictive” and would hurt them with voters. So they agreed upon a watered-down bill that allows abortion during any time of pregnancy, but bans federal funding for abortions.

See a mistake? Report a typo.