The March for Life, the annual rally that serves to demonstrate against abortion in America, held its 44th edition on Friday, and it is fair to say that this year’s event had perhaps the greatest degree of support from a presidential administration as any that have come before.
The most notable speaker to attend the 2017 march was Mike Pence, the newly-sworn Vice President of the United States. Pence is the first vice president to appear at the March for Life, and is the highest-ranking government official to attend the march since it began back in 1974. Previous to this year’s edition, two sitting presidents addressed the marchers by remote telephone access…Ronald Reagan in 1987, and George W. Bush in 2003…but no president or vice president before Pence has attended the march in person.
Pence’s speech was documented by a large number of news outlets, including Reuters, which quoted portions of what the vice president had to say over at Reuters.com.
Among Pence’s comments, he told the faithful that “life is winning again in America,” and spoke admiringly about “the election of pro-life majorities in the Congress of the United States of America,” and what that means to the pro-life movement.
“It's the best day I've ever seen for the March of Life,” said Pence.
Another member of the Trump administration, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, was also on-hand to address the assembled, saying, “We hear you. We see you. We respect you. And we look forward to working with you.”
Other “name” attendees at this year’s march included Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, NFL player Benjamin Watson, and Corey Stewart, Virginia gubernatorial candidate.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large