If it weren't for the hundreds of "Defund Planned Parenthood" signs scattered everywhere, the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, could have been mistaken for a family-friendly country music festival. Thousands of people, mostly families and church and school groups, gathered by the base of the Washington Monument on Friday as a DJ blasted pop-country songs onstage and guest speakers discussed the importance of the fight against abortion.
For the past 44 years, the March for Life has taken place in DC on or near the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. The event, organized by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, has had a steady attendance over the decades, but this year there was an added feeling of excitement. President Donald Trump earlier this week promised to name his nominee for Supreme Court justice next week, someone dedicated to overturning Roe v. Wade, and the administration's commitment to the cause was demonstrated by an appearance by Vice President Mike Pence, a longtime abortion foe who as governor of Indiana signed some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.
"It's the best day I've ever seen for the March for Life, in more ways than one," Pence told the crowd. "I am humbled to stand before you today to be the first vice president of the United States to attend. Today, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America."
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