By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This morning, thousands of abortion opponents from our area boarded buses, heading to the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life.

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput led the pilgrims from the Archdiocese on the march in Washington.

The archbishop says the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the country can and should be overturned.

He compared it to the error the Supreme Court made in the mid-1850s Dred Scott decision which legalized the institution of slavery and was later overturned.

“It was about human dignity. Slavery is not compatible with human dignity. Even if the Supreme Court decided that people could have slaves as it did in its mistaken decision at Dred Scott. Citizens objected to it and finally convinced the country to change that. And this is about human dignity in the same sense.”

Chaput says abortion is not only a religious issue, but a civil rights issue as well.

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