WASHINGTON — Being the first vice president in American history to appear at a pro-life march, Mike Pence addressed the thousands who flocked to the nation’s capital on Friday to speak up for the unborn at the 44th annual March for Life as President Donald Trump Tweeted out his “full support” for the cause.
“On behalf of the president of the United States and our little family, we thank you for your stand for life,” Pence declared, advising that Trump had sent him to the march to thank the participants for their “compassion for the women and children of America.”
“A society can be judged in how we care for our most vulnerable: the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn,” he said.
Quoting from Philippians 4:5, Pence encouraged those who stand for life to let their gentleness be known to all men.
“Let this movement be known for love,” he proclaimed. “We’ve come to a historic moment in the cause of life and we must approach it with with compassion for every American. Life is winning in America because of you. … We will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children.”
Pence noted that the Declaration of Independence opens with the reminder that men are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life, and vowed to continue standing for that right.
“We will not grow weary, we will not rest, until restore a culture of life for ourselves and our posterity,” he declared.
Trump himself sent out a Tweet in support of the march and rally this morning, writing, “The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching—you have my full support!”
As previously reported, Trump, who identifies as pro-life, outlined in an op-ed last January that he does “support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk.” He also told NBC’s “Today Show” in April that he would like to change the Republican platform to include the three exceptions since there are currently none in the text.
In addition to Pence, counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, also addressed the crowd, likewise advising that the administration supports the march efforts.
“Steps away from here in the White House a president and vice president sit at their desks and make decisions for a nation. As they sit there, they stand here with you,” she said.
“This is a time of incredible promise for pro-life, pro-adoption movement. Our action must reach those women who face unplanned pregnancies; they should know they are not alone. They’re not judged,” she said. “They’re protected and cared for and celebrated. So to the March for Life 2017 allow me to make it very clear—we hear you, we see you, we respect you, and we look forward to working with you.”
Like Pence, Conway noted that the right to life, as outlined in the writings of our nation’s founders, “[i]s not a privilege; it’s not a choice. It’s God-given.”
A number of other well-known speakers appeared at the rally, including Eric Metaxas, who led the crowd in a prayer for Madonna and others who joined the Women’s March one week ago. As previously reported, Madonna told those gathered last Saturday that she had contemplated blowing up the White House, but decided that it wasn’t the right approach to her anger.
“I’m angry,” she declared on stage. “Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II, we must love one another or die. I choose love.”
“We ask you, Lord, to show her Your love,” Metaxas prayed. “Show her that You love her, that You are with her, and that you want her to know You personally.”
Benjamin Watson, the tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, also appeared at the March for Life, proclaiming that being pro-life is not just a political ideology, but is rather an all-encompassing way of life that extends to caring for “the hungry, the poor, the disadvantaged, as well as the elite.”
“At a time of relativism, we must remain convinced that truth is greater than any trend,” he said. “And because of this, we are called to compassionately engage our culture without compromise.”
Vincent Matthews, who is identified as the bishop of the Church of God in Christ, and father of 10, closed out the rally.
“Our members are lining up to adopt children of women who want to have abortions,” he said. “We will take your children. And our 12,000 churches are looking to link with pregnancy centers across the nation. Please accept us as we serve you.”