WNYers head to DC for March for Life

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 7:41 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 7:41 AM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Before dawn, in the near-zero temperatures, dozens of local pro-life supporters boarded several buses headed to Washington DC for the annual "March for Life."

"I'm just here to really support life. And that is our cause, life," Tyler Gagliardi said.

"It's more than just anti-abortion. It involves euthanasia and the death penalty as well. As Christians, as human beings, we uphold the sanctity of life and we're going down to show that," seminarian Michael Lamarca added.

Many who took the trip were of the Catholic faith, and others were personally connected to the pro-life cause.

"I am actually a peer counselor for post-abortive women, so I've heard many stories from women who come in after having chosen abortion and the damage it has done in their lives for many years," Kristy Mombrea said.

Bishop Richard Malone also headed to the nation's capitol to meet the WNY delegation.

The "March for Life" will take place Wednesday at the National Mall. More than a hundred thousand pro-life supporters are expected to attend.