WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Vice President Mike Pence came with a clear message to March for Life today: “Life is winning again in America.”
For the first time in American history, a vice president of the United States addressed the annual March for Life in the nation’s Capitol today, telling hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers to “press on” to defend life.
“It's a good day. It's the best day I've ever seen for the March for life, in more ways than one,” Pence told the crowd.
READ full transcript of Pence's historic speech to the March for Life here.
Pence, quoting the Declaration of Independence's famous insistence on the rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said that “44 years ago our Supreme Court turned away from the first of these timeless ideals.”
“But today, three generations hence, because of all of you, and the many of thousands that stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America,” he said.
Pence said that it is evident that life is winning with the election of “pro-life majorities and the Congress of United States of America” and especially with the “historic election of a president who stands for add stronger America, a more prosperous America, and a president who I say proudly stands for the right to life – President Donald Trump,” he said.
The March for Life takes place every year in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children peacefully demonstrate against the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US. The marchers fight for what organizers of the event call a “world where every human life is valued and protected.”
This was the first time the nation’s second in command has attended the March in its 44-year history.
Pence called the March a “celebration of that progress that we have made in this cause.”
“We have come to an historic moment in the cause for life. And we must meet this moment with respect and compassion for every American,” he said.
Pence had promised pro-lifers during Trump’s presidential campaign that he would be their champion in the White House, particularly in defunding abortion-giant Planned Parenthood as well as working to overturn the 1973 abortion decision Roe v. Wade.
“Let me assure you the Trump/Pence administration will stand for the sanctity of life and defend the unborn from the first day that we take office,” he said at the Values Voter Summit in September. “I want to live to see the day that we put the sanctity of life back at the center of American law and we send Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history,” he added at that time.
Under Pence’s watch, the Trump administration is so far beginning to delivering on his promises.
On his very first day of work in the White House on Monday, Trump signed an executive order reinstating the “Mexico City Policy” which banned government funding of foreign pro-abortion groups like the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
The following day, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in large majority to permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortion on U.S. soil. The same day Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, promised a “heavy Administration presence” at the March for Life.
President Trump blasted mainstream media during an interview with ABC News on Wednesday for covering the pro-abortion March for Women while historically ignoring the much larger annual March for Life. He made similar comments again at the Congressional Republican Retreat in Philadelphia yesterday.
March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said she was “delighted” by the unprecedented support the new Trump administration is giving the annual March for Life this week.
“We have never seen anything like this in our entire life,” she told LifeSiteNews in an interview yesterday.
“Hopefully it shows what we can be expecting in the weeks and months ahead,” she added.
Pence urged pro-lifers at the March to “press on” in the cause for life, but with “gentleness.”
“Let this movement be known for love, not anger. Let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation. When it comes to matters of the heart, there is nothing stronger than gentleness,” he said.
“I believe that we will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children, and if we each of us do all we can to meet them where they are, with generosity, not judgment,” he added.
He promised to ceaselessly work to restore a Culture of Life in America.
“And be assured, be assured, that along with you, we will not grow wearied, we will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity. Thank you and God bless you,” he said.