The March for Life held their 45th annual event on January 19, 2018 at the National Mall in Washington. It’s the nation’s largest pro-life demonstration. The Rally immediately preceded the March, which started on Constitution Avenue.
President Trump spoke to the participants via video feed from the Rose Garden. He proclaimed, “Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.” He spoke about how his administration would continue to push an anti-abortion agenda. Earlier this month, President Trump declared January 19th National Sanctity of Life Day. He continued, “That is why we march, that is why we pray, that is why we declare that America’s future will be filled with goodness, peace, joy, dignity, and life for every child of God.”
When Vice President Pence spoke, he referred to President Trump as “the most pro-life president in American history.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “Just a few minutes ago, today, we passed the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act. It protects the life of those babies who suffer from failed abortions. But most importantly, like the March for Life, we are striving to do this without judgment in our hearts, but with compassion and love for all the victims.”
The anti-abortion bill was introduced by Rep. Trent Franks. Upon his resignation, it was reintroduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn. The bill requires doctors to provide medical care to a fetus born alive during a failed abortion. If the doctor does not comply he can face a criminal fine and/or 5 years in prison. The bill passed the House 241-183.
The pro-life movement cares for mother and child in a network of over 3,000 resource centers nationwide and over 450 maternity homes, in fatherhood mentoring programs, and family support ministries.