President Trump made history Friday by becoming the first president to visually address the March For Life. The march is the annual gathering of hundreds of thousands of pro-life activist in the nation’s capital. The activists march through the capital on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in the Supreme Court which legalized abortion.
In a video address to the march, live from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the following:
Today, I’m honored and really proud to be the first president to stand with you here at the White House to address the 45th March for Life. That’s very, very special. Today tens of thousands of families, students and patrons and really just great citizens gather here in our nation’s capitol. You come from many back grounds, many places. But you all come for one beautiful cause: to build a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished. The March for Life is a movement borne out of love. You love your families. You love your neighbors. You love our nation. And you love every child born and unborn because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.
Trump’s remarks at the event are a moral victory for the Pro Life movement.
The Trump administration has made the abortion issue an important policy point by reversing the Mexico City Policy, which allowed for taxpayer funding of abortions overseas, and pushing the pain capable bill for unborn babies in Congress.
Trump hosted pro-life leaders in the White House Friday, and, in 2017, Mike Pence became the highest-ranking administration official to ever address the march in person. George W. Bush delivered a phone address in 2006.
In recent years, polling has shown that the American public has become significantly more pro-life and abortion rates have declined significantly in recent decades.