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WASHINGTON D.C., January 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Speaking with Ben Shapiro during a live taping of his podcast at this year’s March for Life, Vice President Mike Pence touted the Trump administration’s pro-life accomplishments and encouraged pro-life activists across the country to “make the case for life” but always with “love, and gentleness, and compassion.”

The five-minute phone conversation came as a surprise to the thousands of cheering pro-lifers gathered near the Washington Monument Friday morning. Shapiro, the featured speaker at this year’s march, was recording his podcast, “The Ben Shapiro Show,” in 37-degree weather while sitting at a desk on the event’s main stage. The theme of the show was “debunking pro-choice arguments all hour long.”

Pence thanked the young activist for supporting the pro-life cause while also praising the March for Life as an “extraordinarily important event.” The Supreme Court “turned its back on the unalienable right to life” with Roe. v Wade, Pence said, but the March for Life is where “generations of Americans have come together to say ‘no, we are going to put the sanctity of life back at the center of American law.’” And “this will be the generation that restores the right to life in America!”

Pence, who will speak at the March’s 37th annual Rose Dinner later this evening, touted the Trump administration’s accomplishments on abortion. Pence mentioned the re-institution of the Mexico City policy, the appointment of conservative judges, especially Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and his tie-breaking vote on a bill in November 2017 that allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood. Pence told Shapiro, “we’ve got a record of extraordinary progress on the right to life.” President Trump is “the most pro-life president in American history.”

Shapiro asked the Indiana-born Pence what he believes are the chief threats to the right to life moving forward. “The Democratic Party, the party of abortion on demand, now has a majority [in the House of Representatives],” Pence said. But “I can promise you that our pro-life colleagues on Capitol Hill, and this pro-life president, will stand in the gap. We will uphold the Hyde Amendment and we will stand up for the right to life against all of their efforts.”

The brief interview concluded with Pence thanking attendees at the march. “It takes courage in this day and age to stand up for your values,” he said. “Continue to stand firm, to be prepared to give the reason for your devotion to life, for the hope that you have.”

“The progress that we have made in the last 46 years has been driven by the stand for the unalienable right to life that millions of Americans continue to take and have taken,” he said. “Continue to make the case for life but always make it with love, and gentleness and compassion, and when we continue to do that, I truly do believe, that we will once again restore the right to life to the center of American law.”