On a cold day in Washington with wind chills in the single digits, thousands of abortion opponents have rallied and marched on Capitol Hill to protest legalized abortion.

    Participants in the annual ``March for Life'' got a message of support from Pope Francis, and a tweeted prayer: ``May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable.''

    They also got a promise from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to ``continue to fight for the unborn because it is the right and moral thing to do.'' The Virginia Republican told the crowd that Republican leaders will hold a vote to end taxpayer funding for any abortions.

    On the other side of the argument, President Barack Obama issued a statement saying the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision is a chance to recommit to the principle that ``every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.''

    The march began on the National Mall with a rally. Then protesters marched along Constitution Avenue to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court, where abortion-rights supporters also gathered.  (Associated Press)