Updated with comment from the White House at 1:58 p.m.
Updated with comment from the March for Life at 1:49 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump will speak at the 45th annual March for Life on Friday via a live video feed, becoming the first President to do so.
EWTN’s Lauren Ashburn broke the news on Twitter Wednesday morning.
— Lauren Ashburn (@LaurenAshburn) January 17, 2018
.@EWTNNewsNightly learns from Senior @WhiteHouse Officials that @realDonaldTrump will deliver remarks to @March_for_Life via TV feed. Watch comprehensive coverage Friday on @EWTN. #WhyWeMarch #LoveSavesLives
— Toby Capion (@TobyCapion) January 17, 2018
“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,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a media briefing today. “This will take place from the Rose Garden. The President is committed to protecting the life of the unborn and he is excited to be part of this historic event.”
Previous Republican presidents have delivered remarks to the March for Life via pre-taped video messages or phone calls.
“Since his first day in office, President Trump has remained steadfast on his campaign promises to the pro-life cause and has actively worked to protect the unborn,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life. “Over the past year, the Trump administration has significantly advanced pro-life policy, and it is with great confidence that, under his leadership, we expect to see other pro-life achievements in the years to come. We welcome our 45th President, Donald Trump, to the 45th annual March for Life.”
Last year, President Trump called out the media for giving extensive coverage to a pro-abortion march but not to the March for Life, the largest pro-life event in the world. The March for Life draws hundreds of thousands of people every year on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand.
The theme of this year’s March for Life is “Love Saves Lives.”
Vice President Pence and White House advisor Kellyanne Conway both spoke at last year’s March for Life.
Since taking office, Trump has reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which prevents U.S. foreign aid from going to organizations that commit or promote abortion abroad. He has signed a law allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood, appointed a number of strong pro-life advocates to key Administration positions, and ended Obama's HHS contraception and abortion pill mandate requiring employers to violate their consciences.
Since Trump took office, the U.S. has stood up for the right to life at the United Nations. Trump pulled the U.S. out of a pro-abortion, pro-LGBT United Nations agency, UNESCO.
When he declared November 2017 National Adoption Month, Trump said, “no child in America – born or unborn – is unwanted or unloved.”
He has slammed forced abortion and infanticide in North Korea, appointed conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, and actively supported defunding abortion business Planned Parenthood.
LifeSiteNews will provide updates as more details become available.