Annual rally of anti-abortion demonstration saw its first-ever in-person presidential attendance as President Trump choose to attend the rally and give a speech during the event yesterday at Washington. He had announced on Wednesday he would attend the rally.
“Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” he told the crowd of religious-school groups and anti-abortion activists who had assembled for the rally. The move is seen to be the latest gesture of his support for a cause held close by evangelical Christians, a core portion of his conservative base.
The 47-year-old march was started in 1974 – the year after which the US Supreme Court has legalised abortion in America. The marquee event for the anti-abortion demonstration was well received by jam-packed crowds who welcomed the sitting president’s presence. This is the first time ever an American president has attended the rally in person.
Previous Republican presidents Ronald Regan and George Bush chose to restrict their support to remote-recorded messages. Mike Pence had also attended the event in 2017.
During the event, the president accused Democrats of supporting infanticide and falsely said that Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s late-term abortion bill will “execute a baby after birth.”
He also said, “The far left is actively working to erase our God-given rights,” later adding that they wanted to “silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life.”
The March for Life, as the rally is called, says its mission is to “promote the beauty and dignity of every human life by working to end abortion — uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the organisation and a former chairwoman of the 2016 Trump campaign’s Pro-Life Coalition, said that Mr Trump’s attendance at the March for Life “signals a watershed moment for the pro-life movement.”
Ilyse Hogu, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, earlier on twitter described president’s move to participate in the rally, “a desperate attempt to divert attention from his criminal presidency and fire up his radical base.”