ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- A van filled with students from St. Bonaventure University's SBU for Life club left shortly after noon Thursday, bound for the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in the march, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Friday. 

According to the March for Life website, the event began as “as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world."