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Pro-life youth at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22, 2014.John-Henry Westen /

Today, Americans from across the country will join together in the annual March for Life. I’m grateful for the chance to join them, and I’m proud to see two great pro-life Republicans, Senator Tim Scott and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers help lead the Congressional delegation to the march.


This year, the theme of the March is “Every life is a gift.” I couldn’t agree more with that statement.  We must do everything we can to protect life and defend the rights of those who can’t yet defend themselves. We should speak out on behalf of those who cannot speak. That is what the March for Life is about.

As a pro-life Chairman of a pro-life party, I share the marchers’ commitment to advocating for the rights of unborn children. Last year, the March coincided with the RNC’s Winter Meeting, which happened to be in Washington, DC. Recognizing the importance of the March and the RNC’s ability to make an important statement, we delayed our meeting so that RNC members and staff could participate in the March. Business could wait. This cause was far more important. 

Despite what some in the other party and many in the media suggest, the majority of Americans actually stand with Republicans on many important pro-life issues. A majority of Americans disapprove of late term abortions, yet Democrats support the procedure. Like many people, I consider that an extreme position. 

With all this in mind, I want to applaud the dedication of the March’s organizers and those who have traveled great distances to attend. It is and will continue to be a worthy cause. As long we continue to speak out and to stand on the side of life, we can advance a culture of life in America.

Reince Priebus is the chairman of the Republican National Committee.