WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates are converging on Washington for Friday’s March for Life to mark 45 years of legal abortion in the United States, and proclaim that “Love Saves Lives.”
They gather to mourn some 60 million children killed in the womb since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling struck down abortion laws on January 22, 1973, and to renew their strength to continue the battle to secure protection for their country’s tiniest and most vulnerable citizens.
“Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option,” March for Life president Jeanne Mancini told LifeSiteNews.
President Donald Trump will address participants by live-stream video from the White House Rose Garden to kick off the rally preceding the March.
“The President is committed to protecting the life of the unborn and he is excited to be part of this historic event,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told media Wednesday.
With the March coming just one day before the first anniversary of his inauguration, Trump’s administration will undoubtedly be a hot topic during the many symposiums, rallies, protests, panels, galas, and other March events that began Thursday and continue until Saturday afternoon.
Certainly, the Trump White House has shown greater public support for the March than any other, with Vice President Mike Pence and counsel-to-the-president Kellyanne Conway speaking at the event last year.
Leading pro-life advocates attending the March praised the Republican president’s pro-life stance.
“The Trump administration is already shaping up to be the most pro-life in history,” David Daleiden told LifeSiteNews.
The well-known founder of the Center for Medical Progress will be speaking at Thursday’s Law of Life Summit, and taking part in Friday’s Digital Action Summit organized by the Family Research Council. CMP’s shocking undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of aborted baby parts sparked legislative efforts to cut off federal funding to the abortion giant and investigations into its grisly activities.
“President Trump is ready to sign the bill to strip $500 million in taxpayer subsidies from Planned Parenthood’s abortion empire as soon as the Senate gets its act together and sends it to him,” said Daleiden.
“So many Americans are grateful that the Department of Justice is now doing its job with Planned Parenthood under federal investigation for selling aborted baby body parts,” he added.
“The pro-life movement is stronger than ever under President Trump,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, president of Priests for Life U.S., to LifeSiteNews.