by Sarah Nahrgang
Tomorrow, January 19th, is the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. to protest the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade (Jan 22, 1973) which legalized abortion across all nine months of pregnancy. Since the first March in 1974, Americans have been gathering to stand up for the lives of the unborn, with protesters increasing in number throughout the years from about 20,000 to estimates of 400,000 last year.
Of course, main stream media coverage of the March for Life has been slim or intentionally misleading, to downplay the size and strength of the pro-life movement. After 45 years, March for Life 2018 will finally be addressed by the sitting President of the United States, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced yesterday:
.@PressSec: "On Friday, we're excited to announce, that the president will become the first sitting president to address the March for Life from the White House LIVE via satellite." pic.twitter.com/ypI7Np2SjN
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) January 17, 2018
Trump is following the example set by Vice President Mike Pence last year, as he was the first sitting VP to ever attend and address the March for Life. There, Pence reaffirmed his and Trump’s dedication to anti-abortion legislation and nominations, and his 10 minute speech can be viewed here. Although Trump did not attend or address the March in 2017, he did tweet his support:
The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching — you have my full support!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2017
The Trump administration has followed through on it’s pro-life promises, namely with the appointment of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, and allowing the states to decide if they will continue using Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.
In spite of this, there is still a long way to go before substantial change is made to protect the lives of the unborn. With any luck, this year’s March for Life will receive more media coverage with President Trump addressing the crowds.