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Eastern Iowans protest abortion in D.C. March for Life

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

A few hundred eastern Iowans participated at the March for Life event in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

The march took place on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling Roe v.Wade, a landmark case that legalized abortion in the United States. Abortion rights activists say the ruling protects a woman's right to make her own health choices.

More than 200 eastern Iowans with the Dubuque County Right to Life made the road trip to the nation's capital to protest, asking lawmakers to abolish abortion.

The group comprised partly of students and parents from Aquin Catholic Elementary School, Beckman Catholic Junior/Senior High School, La Salle Catholic School and Loras College.

Organizers like Aquin's Katie McGuire say this was more of a pilgrimage than a field trip. McGuire says the 19 eighth-graders who participated from Aquin had to meet certain requirements before they could go.

The students demonstrated in front of a Planned Parenthood, spoke at mass and wrote essays. One of those students was even recognized for her essay.

Madeline Rhomberg won the National Right to Life's essay contest and was recognized on stage in Washington, D.C. McGuire says Rhomberg won $500 to donate to a local charity, and Rhomberg choose a new charity in Dubuque called Mary's Inn.

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