Donald Trump addresses March for Life via video, Mike Pence appears in person
President Trump made history last year by being the first president to address the March for Life meeting by video and he made a sequel this year.
Speaking in a scripted, taped message, the president told the cheering crowd standing on a muddy National Mall, “When we look into the eyes of a newborn child, we see the beauty and the human soul and the majesty of God’s creation.”
Mr. Trump touted his administration’s support for the so-called “Mexico City policy,” which blocks federal funding for non-governmental foreign organizations that provide abortion counseling or referrals.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, also surprised attendees at the annual March for Life by appearing on stage.
“We’re the Pences,” Mr. Pence said, “And we’re pro-life.”
The vice president also loudly made clear he supports his wife, who has come under fire from liberal groups in the last week for returning to teach at a private, Christian school in Northern Virginia that doesn’t hire openly gay staff and reserves the right to deny admittance to gay students.
“And I couldn’t be prouder for my wife, our second lady,” Mr. Pence said.
Friday’s speakers were something of a big platform for many pro-life politicians in Congress. Montana Sen. Steve Daines said he was starting up the first-ever Pro-Life caucus in the Senate. Freshman Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a rising conservative social-media star who on Thursday challenged Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a public debate, was seen shooting a video with the crowd on his cell phone.
Those attending the rally also heard from two Democrats, Chicago Rep. Dan Lipinski, addressing the march for the fourth time, and Louisiana state Rep. Katrina Jackson, an African-American Democrat who authored state legislation to require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
“There’s no more blood more innocent than an unborn child,” Ms. Jackson said.
Following the speeches, crowds marched up Constitution Avenue toward the Supreme Court, where in 1973 the Roe v. Wade ruling legalized abortion nationwide.