WASHINGTON — Students from Holy Family High School joined the annual March for Life in Washington on Friday. This year, the marchers were greeted by some high-profile speakers.
The vice president and one of President Donald Trump’s top aides cheered on the March for Life. The two surrogates from the new administration signaled their support for the anti-abortion rights rally.
“Life is winning again in America,” Vice President Mike Pence told the crowd. “That is evident in the election of pro life majorities in the congress of the United States of America.
“But it is no more evident in any way than in the historic election of a president who stands for a stronger America and a more prosperous America and a president who I proudly say stands for the right to life — President Donald Trump.”
Pence is the highest ranking public official to ever address the March for Life rally. He said the president asked him to attend.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway had earlier said the president was planning to call in to the large annual gathering of anti-abortion activists.
But she later clarified, saying the call was dependent on the timing of a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The March for Life happens annually near the January anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision making abortion legal.
Pence reminded the crowded that Trump signed an executive order earlier this week blocking federal funding for abortions overseas and promised that Congress will work to end federal funding going to American organizations that perform abortions.
“And we will devote those resources to health care services for women across America,” he said.
And the vice president said next week Trump will announce a Supreme Court justice who will back anti-abortion policies and “will uphold the God-given liberties in our Constitution in the tradition on of the late and great justice Antonin Scalia.”
Trump tweeted his support for the march earlier.