The march, which marked 40 years since Italy legalized abortion, drew about 5,000 people. It began in Piazza della Repubblica and ended in Piazza Venezia. 

Participating in the march were Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Order of Malta, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former apostolic nuncio to the United States, and Archbishop Luigi Negri, archbishop emeritus of Ferrara-Comacchio, as well as many pastors and representatives of religious institutes.

Participants also included Viviane Lambert, the mother of 42-year-old Vincent Lambert, a severely disabled Frenchman whose hospital wishes to switch off his life support against his parents' wishes, Italian politician Georgia Meloni, and the daughter of Italian St. Gianna Molla.

“There is a book of life, and there is a book of death,” said Virginia Coda Nunziante, organizer of March for Life Italy. “In this book of death, the date of May 22, 1978, is written with blood, the blood of nearly 6 million victims.” 

She added that this is in addition to the 50 million unborn children killed every year worldwide. 

Said Nunziante, “We do not want this anniversary to pass without asking for Law 194 to be repealed and, while waiting for it, immediately remove the 200-300 million euros in public spending dedicated to killing our children each year.”