Thousands of Anti-Abortion Activists 'March for Life' in Washington, DC

A pro-life sign is displayed during the annual March for Life rally in Washington Jan. 19

A pro-life sign is displayed during the annual March for Life rally in Washington Jan. 19

Anyway, back at the rally, Trump began with the usual platitudes ("Every child is a precious gift from God", "Life is the greatest miracle of all", etc.) before quickly spouting some lies. "Love Saves Lives" is the theme of the 2018 march. "Because of you", he said.

The US economy is perhaps the best it has ever been and the country is doing really well, President Donald Trump has said. The agency announced it is dedicated to supporting Americans at "every stage of life, beginning at conception". My heart and appreciation is with everyone who marches and stands for life, and I wish all the marchers the best. For him, it wasn't about politics - he didn't want to comment on Trump's appearance and couldn't hear his speech from where he was in the crowd.

So much for "sanctity of life". We are in a moment in our country where life is at a crisis - be it life in the womb, be it the life of immigrants, be it the African-American male.

Addressing marchers on the National Mall by videolink - the first sitting president to do so - Trump delivered an emphatic message of support for the 45th edition of the rally, which bills itself as "the world's largest pro-life event".

During their tenure in office, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush all addressed the march via telephone or a radio hookup from the Oval Office, with their remarks broadcast to the crowd.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the massive crowd of protesters past year.

On Thursday, the day before the march, Trump announced another policy that pleased antiabortion activists - a new office meant to protect the rights of medical professionals who don't want to participate in abortions due to their religious beliefs.

Despite the lack of consistency in polls, views on abortion are generally consistent along party lines or religious affiliation. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. Chief among them is the confirmation of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. Groups that favor abortion rights, such as Emily's List, dwarf their anti-abortion counterparts when it comes to raising campaign cash or spending on lobbying, according to, a website belonging to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics research group.

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Thousands of Anti-Abortion Activists 'March for Life' in Washington, DC

The moves are created to bolster Mr. Trump's standing with the pro-life community.

Even abortion rights supporters are surprised that antiabortion policies haven't made more headway in the past year.

Friday's march marks an anniversary which infuriates anti-abortion activists - the Supreme Court's historic ruling on "Roe v. Wade", which legalized the procedure across the United States in 1973.

In a statement, Planned Parenthood vice president Dawn Laguens said, "They couldn't get the votes to pass it in Congress, so now they are pushing states to try and block care at Planned Parenthood".

"Often, the march is stereotyped", says Herndon-De La Rosa, who is traveling from Dallas to participate. They knocked and asked people who answered if they were aware of Democratic Sen.

Pence continued by extending thank you's to all of the participants and the progress that they have made in the past year to the pro-life movement. "This group is nontraditional pro-lifers".

"It bothers me personally because I would love to see this become a nonpartisan issue", she says.

The new rule is "meant to ensure full compliance with laws that have been under-enforced", said Roger Severino, a conservative lawyer who heads the rights office under Trump.

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