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ABSTRACTMarch for Life in Rome draws 40,000 participants :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)   Latest News Most Read Archive Mandate Resources Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds Columns Documents Mama Needs Coffee CNA Blog Italian Spanish Portuguese Editors Service About us Donate Italian Spanish Portuguese News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Cinemazlowski Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist In Good Company Led Into the Truth Live Greater Movie Reviews Russell Shaw The Dispute of the Humanum The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Way of Beauty Viewpoint Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Mama Needs Coffee CNA Blog Home » News » Europe March for Life in Rome draws 40,000 participants Mary Rathke (R) speaks at Rome's March for Life, May 10, 2015. Credit: Martha Calderon/CNA. Follow By Ann Schneible Rome, Italy, May 10, 2015 / 04:01 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- One of tens of thousands of people to take to the streets of Rome for this year's March for Life, Mary Rathke is living proof that those conceived in rape deserve life, and not abortion. “Many people use the reason for rape to accept abortions,” said the Michigan native in a May 10 interview with CNA. Rathke, 35, was conceived when her mother was raped on her way home from work. “They say that it is the rapist’s baby, that it is a monster’s baby, and that no one would want this child,” she said. “I am not a monster’s baby. I am not the rapist’s baby. I am my mother’s child, and I’m a child of the most High God, and I am made in His image.” Rathke, now a pro-life advocate, was one of an estimated 40,000 people to take part in Rome's fourth – and Italy's fifth – annual March for Life. This year's march, which took place on Mother's Day, centered on the theme “For life, no compromise.” During his weekly Regina Caeli address earlier in the day, Pope Francis greeted the pilgrims who were in Rome for the event, saying: “It is important to collaborate together to promote and defend life.” Married with four children, Rathke is currently vice-president of Beacon of Hope Pregnancy Care Center's Board of Directors, and president of HELPeople, Inc. Having been adopted at the age of five when her mother, who suffers from schizophrenia, was unable to continue caring for her, Rathke had already become open with her faith, and an advocate for the homeless. She discovered the origins of her conception just three years ago when her mother's husband passed away, leading to the discovery that he had been covering for his wife's rape. In response, Rathke began traveling the world to defend babies born of rape from laws which would allow them to be aborted as an “exception.” “We deserve life as well,” she said. The pro-life advocate said many women are forced into abortions after their rape, and later are unable .......