Vice President Mike Pence spoke words of hope to pro-life advocates Friday at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Pence addressed the crowd for the second time as vice president. Last year, he was the first sitting vice president to speak at the annual march.
“Know that your compassion, your persistence, your activism and your prayers are saving lives,” Pence told the hundreds of thousands gathered in the capital.
Quoting the Declaration of Independence, Pence reminded the crowd of the foundational rights that our American forefathers fought to preserve: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
He praised President Donald Trump and his administration for continuing to preserve those rights by prohibiting tax dollars to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas and by strengthening religious liberty and conscience protections. Trump also promised to sign a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies are capable of feeling pain.
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“This president has been a tireless defender of life and conscious here in America,” Pence said. “My friends, life is winning in America, because love saves lives.
“And I believe with all of my heart, with your continued love and compassion … we will restore the sanctity of human life to the center of American law,” he said.
Pence introduced Trump who also spoke to the March for Life crowd live from the Rose Garden.
This month marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed abortion on demand up until birth. Trump emphasized how the infamous ruling made America one of only seven countries in the world to allow elective abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.
“It is wrong. It has to change,” Trump said of the ruling.
Following the 2018 theme “Love Saves Lives,” both Pence and Trump praised pro-life advocates for saving countless babies’ lives through their love and compassion.
The March for Life drew hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates to the capital on Friday, where they marched to support restored protections for babies in the womb.