Trump lauds anti-abortion efforts at DC rally


Trump lauds anti-abortion efforts at DC rally

WASHINGTON — In a pivotal year in the legal battle over abortion, tens of thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington, D.C., on Friday for the annual March for Life that featured President Donald Trump as the first sitting president to appear in person at the event in its 47-year history.

Calling it a “profound honor” to be the first president to attend, he said that “unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” citing his own actions.

“When it comes to abortion … Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions,” Trump said.

In some ways, his speech resembled the ones he gives at campaign rallies. He recited praise for the size of the crowd, bragged about the number of federal judges he has appointed, and attacked Democrats over social policy.

Trump also appeared to make a reference to impeachment by telling abortion opponents: “They are coming after me because I am fighting for you.”

In his speech at the rally, Trump made a special appeal to women, saying they are using the power of “their votes” to fight abortion.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the annual "March for Life" rally.

Following his remarks, the audience responded with chants of “four more years.” 

In an apparent nod to the powerful impact of women voters in the last two elections, the theme for this highly contentious election year is “Life Empower: Pro-life is Pro-Woman.”

The march is the centerpiece for three days of activities that include a youth rally, a Christian rock concert and an expo featuring anti-abortion organizations and ministries.

One participant, Frances Floresca, 23, a recent graduate of the University of Utah, called the March for Life “the real Women’s March.” She was wearing a beanie that said “Love them both.”

“We are fighting for women and babies,” she said. “We’re standing for the women who need to be strong so they don’t get an abortion.” 

Both Patricia Carroll, 60, and Bonita Ravolt, 78, arrived from Chicago to attend the March for Life for the third time.


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