March for Life asks its supporters to stay home this year
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, anti-abortion activists participate in the "March for Life" rally near Capitol Hill in Washington. Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movements preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest. Local March for Life events also have been affected this year. State marches in Arkansas and Oregon have been indefinitely postponed, while a march planned in Tucson, Arizona, was converted into a car caravan dubbed the Road Rally for Life.
At anti-abortion rally, Trump assails Democrats, draws applause
Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, addressed the event in the midst of his impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate on charges passed by the Democratic-led House of Representatives. Trump drew loud applause from the crowd. Among his most loyal political supporters are evangelical Christians, who strongly oppose abortion rights. Trump, who years earlier had supported abortion rights, cast himself as a committed abortion opponent on religious grounds. Anti-abortion activists march with banner thanking U.S. President Donald Trump for his support during the 47th annual March for Life in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2020.feeds.reuters.com
WATCH: President Trump speaks at March for Life rally
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address the March for Life Friday at the annual anti-abortion gathering in the nation’s capital. And it makes clear that Trump is counting on the support of his base of conservative activists to help bring him across the finish line. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released the following statement for March for Life:“President Trump has led the most pro-life administration in American history,” said McDaniel. "Today, he marks yet another historic moment by becoming the first sitting president to address the March for Life in person. We champion our President as he works to build a culture of life and a future where every life, born and unborn, is celebrated, cherished, and protected.”
Breaking precedent, Trump to attend Washington anti-abortion march
Anti-abortion activists march with banner thanking U.S. President Donald Trump for his support during the 47th annual March for Life in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2020. In Roe v. Wade, the court found that certain state laws outlawing abortion were an unconstitutional violation of a womans right to privacy, effectively legalizing abortion nationwide. Even though he had declared support for abortion rights years earlier, Trump vowed during his 2016 campaign to appoint Supreme Court justices he believed would overturn Roe. March For Life President Jeanne Mancini said the organization was deeply honored to welcome Trump in person, after he delivered televised remarks in support of the anti-abortion movement at the 2019 march. In June, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case that could drastically limit doctors ability to provide abortions in Louisiana, a Republican stronghold state.feeds.reuters.com