01/23/2012 07:13 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2012

2012 March For Life Scheduled To Feature Rally With Speaker John Boehner

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of anti-abortion activists plan to march on the U.S. Supreme Court today in an annual demonstration to mark the anniversary of the 1974 Roe v. Wade decision.

A pre-march Rally for Life is scheduled to start at noon on the National Mall near the Smithsonian Castle.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is scheduled to address the crowd, saying in a statement:

"Respect for life has never been a political position for me: it's who I am, and it's who we are as a people," Congressman Boehner said. "The cause of life endures in large part due to the vigilance of the American people, especially those who, led by Nellie Gray, march and pray in our nation's capital each year at this time. It will be a great honor to address the March for Life as Speaker of the House and leader of its bipartisan pro-life majority."

Around 1:30 p.m., marchers will travel east on Constitution Avenue toward Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is the keynote speaker at the Monday evening Rose Dinner.