Donald Trump attended the annual March for Life, becoming the first President in history of the US to deliver a speech at the anti-abortion rally. Thousands gathered on Friday just days after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to support a growing movement that opposes abortion. “Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting,” said Trump addressing the crowd.
Trump cited the achievements of his administration in restricting abortion, such as appointing conservative judges and expanding the policy that blocks the US funding of non-government foreign organizations if they provide abortion services. Just hours before he gave the speech, his administration issued a warning to California to comply with the Weldon amendment that mandates that the state cannot force insurance plans to cover elective abortions, according to NBC news. Should they refuse, the state can lose federal health care funding.
Trump also condemned Democrats for their support on loosening access to abortions. He mentioned Gov. Ralph Northam’s comments on the abortion issue he had made during a radio interview in January 2019. He criticized the Governor’s endorsement of the late-term abortion bill as radical and extreme. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” said Trump.
Vice President Pence and his spouse, who are currently in Rome meeting Pope Francis, also addressed the marchers via video recording. “I couldn’t be more proud to be the vice president to the most pro-life president in United States history,” he said.
Jeanne Mancini, a president of the March for Life, welcomed President’s appearance at the rally, according to Fox News. She was pleased with his speech that got an enthusiastic response from the crowd. “He will be the first president in history to attend and we are so excited for him to experience in person how passionate our marchers are about life and protecting the unborn,” said Mancini.