Wednesday, January 22, marked the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion. Since that fateful day in 1973, the March for Life has annually taken place to protest that decision and call awareness to the massive loss of life incurred in our nation every year.
However, this will be the first year that a U.S. president, sitting or otherwise, has attended the event, which was held on Friday. The president of March for Life, Jeanne Mancini, announced President Donald Trump’s expected attendance on Wednesday and gave him high praise for doing so.
“We are deeply honored to welcome President Trump to the 47th annual March for Life. He will be the first president in history to attend, and we are so excited for him to experience in person how passionate our marchers are about life and protecting the unborn.”
President Trump confirmed his attendance by posting on social media that same day, saying, “See you on Friday…Big Crowd!” and linked to the event on Twitter.
The announcement comes just a day after President Trump declared the 22nd of January, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, as Sanctity of Human Life Day.
And while this is the first year that the President will actually attend the annual event, it is not the first interaction he or his staff has had with the pro-life group and its activism.
In 2017, Vice President Mike Pence became the first sitting VP to attend. And again, last year in 2019, Pence made a surprise visit to the march. In addition, President Trump, while not being there in person, did address the large crowd via video both in 2018 and 2019.
The march seeks to end abortion in the United States, which has claimed the lives of over 61 million unborn children since its legalization and caused untold trauma and devastation in the lives of millions of women nationwide.
Mancini sees Trump’s continued advocacy for the pro-life movement as a sign that eventually, the Supreme Court ruling might be overturned. In addition, she praises the efforts our president has already begun to make for their cause.
In her announcement on Wednesday, she said, “From the appointment of pro-life judges and federal workers to cutting taxpayer funding for abortions here and abroad to calling for an end to late-term abortions, President Trump and his administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March of Life has been unwavering.” And she added, “We are grateful for all these pro-life accomplishments and look forward to gaining more victories for life in the future.”
And Mancini isn’t the only one proud of the President’s continued support for life.
Trump campaign deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews told the Daily Caller News Foundation that Trump’s attendance, and the fact that he is the first president to do so, is “a testament to his commitment to protecting the sanctity of life.”
And she added, “In stark contrast, 2020 Democrats continue to embrace extreme abortion policies, including abortion practically up to the moment of birth, or even beyond.”
South Bend, Indiana’s mayor and current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is one such soul. He, like several others, condone that babies are not actually alive until they are born and breathing, and as such lifeless creatures can be killed. He claims his explanation for this is biblical, as he regards himself as a very religious man.
Buttigieg reasons that because Adam, the very first man and a direct creation from God, did not become a living thing until God breathed life into him. And while this is correct, according to the Bible, Adam was a rare case. He was the first, and so life would clearly have to begin differently than for children being born.
Furthermore, the Bible goes on to say that children who are killed or even harmed before birth are to be avenged. “(T)ake life for life, eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise,” according to Exodus 21:23-25 (NIV).
Buttigieg is obviously just choosing which verses will support his ideas and get him the most votes. Trump, on the other hand, is not.
As Matthews said, “There can be no doubt that President Trump is the most pro-life president in our nation’s history.” Indeed, never before has a president done so much to combat the murder of innocent children.