The March for Life gathered today for a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The crowd rejoiced at the ending of an eight-year presidency that people felt was “dismissive of their views”.
Vice President, Mike Pence, informed the people gathered at the March for Life that anti-abortions policies were a top priority of the Trump administration. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted that the march had his full support.
The March for Life is held annually in Washington marking the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. While there was no actual count for attendees, the turnout, according to Associated Press, was larger than previous years when people opposed to abortion had a lesser voice.
“We’ve come to a historic moment in the cause for life,” said Pence, the first vice president to address the rally. “Life is winning in America.”
Pense commented that the Trump administration’s most important goals were to end taxpayer-funded abortions, and choosing a Supreme Court justice that is similar in views to the late Antonin Scalia, who was a conservative Catholic who opposed abortion.
Majority Republicans in the House and Senate would like to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood which provides over one-third of the nation’s abortions in 2014. They also hope to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. President Trump has pledged to sign both measures if presented to him.
The people on the march reported that they were encouraged by the Trump administration- even if they did not initially support him.
According to the AP, Glen Miller who is a sixty-year-old cabinet maker from Coventry, Connecticut, commented, “(Trump) was elected because of people who did not have a voice before. This past administration did not listen to us and did not even care.”
Others said they felt the march was important because their voice was not heard during last week’s Women’s March on Washington, which was an anti-Trump demonstration drawing support with massive crowds both nationally and in Washington. The group was decidedly pro-choice as outlined in its mission statement.
Joi Hulecki, a 63-year-old nurse practitioner from Orlando, stated that those who supported abortion rights inaccurately portray the decision to terminate a pregnancy as empowering for women when the reality is that most women feel pressured, and later regret their decision.
“We don’t want to judge them. We want to help them,” she said. “We consider ourselves pro-women too.”
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