Anti-Abortion March Prompts Road Closures in D.C.

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Activists participate in the annual "March for Life" event as they walk up Constitution Avenue towards U.S. Supreme Court January 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. The event was to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling on abortion.  (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Activists participate in the annual “March for Life” event as they walk up Constitution Avenue towards U.S. Supreme Court January 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. The event was to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling on abortion. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/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.

Many streets in the District will be closed as thousands of people are expected gather 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.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion. 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.

Street closures: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Maryland Ave NE from Constitution Avenue to 1st Street NE
  • 1st Street NE from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue SE
  • 3rd Street NW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue NW
  • 4th Street NW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue NW
  • 7th Street NW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue NW

Street closures: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • F street NW from 7th West to 12th Street and South to Constitution Ave NW

Street closures: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Constitution Ave NW from 3rd Street to 9th Street NW
  • Constitution Ave from 3rd Street to 1st Street NE
  • 3rd Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 6th street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, no traffic east on Pennsylvania Avenue
  • 7th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue NW

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