Donald Trump became the first sitting president to speak in person at the annual March for Life. In years past, Republican presidents who held pro-life beliefs sent video messages or dispatched a representative to speak on their behalf at the march.
Trump’s decision to personally attend the pro-life rally left no room for political equivocation, an especially bold move in a presidential election year. He placed himself squarely in the anti-abortion camp with no apologies, even though he must be fully aware that it will cost him pro-choice votes in November.
But, Trump’s attending the rally more firmly anchored him with conservatives, his primary voting base. Even more importantly, Trump sent a clear message that he will work to protect our country’s youngest citizens.
“Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” he said in his speech to those assembled on the national mall on January 24.
In a different part of his speech, Trump said that “The far left is actively working to erase our God-given rights.” He added that they wanted to “silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life.”
Trump’s remarks give the anti-abortion movement a big boost on a national scale. His presence at the rally encouraged many in attendance as well since it was a historic move for a president. Pro-life advocates have an additional reason for hope this year because there is a legitimate chance that Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion across the nation, could be overturned when the Supreme Court hears a related case, June Medical Services v. Gee, in March.