One week ago today, I had the honor of standing on stage at the 47th annual March for Life as President Donald J. Trump addressed the massive crowd. His attendance at the rally sent cheers of joy and excitement throughout the pro-life movement.
The crowd was so large that not everyone could see him, even though there was a huge Jumbotron. Some towards the back of the crowd had a difficult time hearing him as even the loudspeakers couldn’t reach the entire area filled in by attendees. A friend said her group was back by the Washington Monument, almost a quarter mile from the stage, because they couldn’t get closer!
But even if you couldn’t see or hear everything the President said, be assured—the President saw and heard you.
President Trump captured our belief in the value of each and every child with passion and eloquence. “When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world.”
A few days after the rally, I spoke with a friend who volunteers at a rural pregnancy resource center. She loved the president’s speech and said, “He thanked me!”
She was referring to the President’s shout out to pro-lifers: “You stand for life each and every day. You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care to the women that you serve. You find loving families for children in need of a forever home. You host baby showers for expecting moms. You make –- you just make it your life’s mission to help spread God’s grace.”
We understood–and appreciated–that President Trump was recognizing the breadth and depth of the pro-life movement, the talented and devoted people who are fighting for the voiceless and their mothers. They too often go unnoticed, but not by this President.
What perhaps struck me most from the speech was this telling comment: “They are coming after me because I am fighting for you and we are fighting for those who have no voice.” Yes, they are.
After he finished speaking, President Trump walked back and forth across the stage as the crowd roared its approval. He was looking closely at the people standing before him. Perhaps he might have been saying to himself, “These are my people. This is why I fight.”
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Pro-lifers and others who support this president are accused of being too uncritical. What an odd criticism when this man has kept every promise he made to us in the face of a hostile media and a unified pro-abortion opposition.
After eight years of a president who worked night and day against us, we deeply appreciate that this president is working with us whole-heartedly so as to protect the most innocent, vulnerable persons in the world. President Trump’s unwavering support is even more important now that the Democrat Party has embraced abortion on demand and refuses to allow laws to be passed to protect survivors of abortion.
In that light, showing our gratitude and appreciation for all he has done is natural, and the right thing to do.
LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.