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FIRST PRESIDENT TO ATTEND ANNUAL EVENT
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 24, 2020) — At 12:28 p.m. EST on Friday, President Donald J. Trump became the first president in U.S. history to speak at the annual March for Life, held each year to assert the right to life of all unborn children.
The event began after the issuance of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which claimed that no state could prevent a woman from seeking an abortion.
Last year, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the event, which is held on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Behind Trump stood Sen. Mike Lee on one side and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the other. Trump noted that the event has taken place for “47 years,” since the Roe opinion was issued.
“Every child is a previous and sacred gift from God,” Trump said at 12:31. “One life changes the world…from the first day in office, “I’ve taken historic action for America’s families and to protect the unborn.”
He said that “no one has been a better friend” to the pro-life movement. “As the Bible tells us, each person is wonderfully made.”
Trump praised those active as pro-life ambassadors by promoting adoption, helping expectant mothers in need, and by “spreading God’s grace.”
At 12:41, in his closing remarks, Trump said, “I love you all,” and “God bless you, and God bless America.”
Update, 4:39 p.m.: A video of Trump’s remarks is here.