United States President Donald Trump credited attendees at the annual March for Life in Washington DC for their commitment to protect the life of unborn and born children. Source: CNS.
By Dennis Sadowski, CNS
“Together we are the voice for the voiceless,” Mr Trump told tens of thousands of people gathered at a noontime rally on Friday.
“You stand for life each and every day. You provide housing, education, jobs and medical care for the women that you serve,” he said.
Mr Trump was the first US president to speak in person in the 47-year history of the March for Life. He spoke for about 10 minutes at the start of the rally and before attendees began their march to the US Supreme Court.
“Today, as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you. We’re here for a very simple reason: to defend the right for every child, born and unborn, to fulfil their God-given potential,” Mr Trump said.
He also credited the young people who made up a large portion of the crowd for their commitment to life, saying they were “the heart of the March for Life.”
“It’s your generation that is making this a pro-life nation,” the President said, adding, “You are powered by prayer and motivated by pure unselfish love.”
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, addressed the rally in a video recorded in Rome prior to Mr Trump’s arrival at the rally. Mr Pence met with Pope Francis earlier in the day.
He said in the video that he thanked the Pope “for all that he and Catholic Americans have done to defend the sanctity of human life in the history of this movement.”
Not all participants in the rally agreed with the single-issue stance of Mr Trump and Mr Pence. A group of Franciscan friars and their supporters held signs aloft outside of the security barrier with messages reading “I am 100% pro-life”, “Care for the unborn”, “Protect the Earth” and “Seek justice for the poor”.