March for Life 2019 Vice President Mike Pence, thousands attend rally

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March for Life 2019 Vice President Mike Pence, thousands attend rally

Thousands of anti-abortion activists, including many young people bundled up against the cold weather gripping the nation’s capital, gathered at a stage on the National Mall Friday for their annual march in the long-contentious debate over abortion.

Signs reading “Choose love, Choose life,” “I am the pro-life generation,” and “Defund Planned Parenthood” dotted the crowd gathering under hazy, wintry skies at the morning rally.

Like last year, President Donald Trump addressed the group by video. He promised to veto any bill that “weakens the protection of human life.”

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the event, listed actions the administration has taken over the past two years to deter abortions.

Trump noted that the administration has ensured foreign aid doesn’t flow to organizations that promote abortion. Pence credited Trump with nominating conservative judges to the federal bench.

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., who is one of the only anti-abortion Democrats in the House, also addressed the morning rally. Ben Shapiro, a popular conservative commentator, was the featured speaker.

Shapiro spent his time on a live show “debunking” abortion rights arguments. He discussed the value of life and emphasized that his arguments were based in science, rather than religion alone. “Abortion is not just pulling a plug,” Shapiro said. “Abortion is a violent act.”

Pence and his wife Karen also made a surprise appearance at the Friday rally with a video message from Trump. “This is a movement founded on love and grounded in the nobility and dignity of every human life,” Trump said in the message. “I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence: the right to life.”

Pence earlier called into Shapiro’s broadcast from the march. “We’ve got a record of extraordinary progress on the right to life,” Pence said of the Trump administration. “This will be the generation that restores the right to life in America.”

He later tweeted about the administration’s nomination of conservative judges and allowing “states to defund Planned Parenthood.”

This year, the march unfolds against the backdrop of a change in political power in Washington, with Democrats taking control of the House.

The first march took place on the west steps of the Capitol in January 1974, the year after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, which affirmed the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion.

March for Life president Jeanne Mancini conceded that things in Washington have “changed quite a bit” over the last 12 months. “Last year we could lean in and expect people to be really courageous on the Hill on our issues and we had all sorts of champions,” she said. “This year, we’re in the place of fighting for the status quo.”

On the other side, the new Democratic House majority vows to block Trump actions affecting birth control access and abortion services.

“We are systematically going to dismantle these restrictions on women’s health care,” Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., co-leader of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, said at a news conference Tuesday where one caucus member donned pink boxing gloves. “So here we go!”

To many participants, the annual march, which draws many young people from Catholic and other religious schools across the country, is a moment to stand up publicly with like-minded activists.

Nathan Elfrich, 19, and Carolin Quinn, 18, both students from Xavier University, see the annual event as a way to bond with peers.

Quinn, who is attending for the fourth year, said she has found a strong community of friends in the movement and the march. “It’s important every year,” she said. “The issue is an ongoing issue.”

Elfrich called the march a “positive” movement unlike violent protests. He sees the march as something that can grow as anti-abortion youth grow up and “become leaders of the country.”

He said it’s important to keep the march going so that their voices continue to be heard. “The message can get lost” without it, he said.

Anna Demeuse, 23, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, who is at her sixth march, says she keeps coming back because abortion is still legal. “Until it is overturned we will still march,” she said. “And even if it is overturned we can still march to celebrate life.”

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March for Life 2019 Vice President Mike Pence, thousands attend rally

Thousands of anti-abortion activists, including many young people bundled up against the cold weather gripping the nation's capital, gathered at a stage on the National Mall Friday for their annual march in the long-contentious debate over abortion.

Signs reading "Choose love, Choose life," "I am the pro-life generation," and "Defund Planned Parenthood" dotted the crowd gathering under hazy, wintry skies at the morning rally.

Like last year, President Donald Trump addressed the group by video. He promised to veto any bill that “weakens the protection of human life.”

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the event, listed actions the administration has taken over the past two years to deter abortions.

Trump noted that the administration has ensured foreign aid doesn’t flow to organizations that promote abortion. Pence credited Trump with nominating conservative judges to the federal bench.

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., who is one of the only anti-abortion Democrats in the House, also addressed the morning rally. Ben Shapiro, a popular conservative commentator, was the featured speaker.

Shapiro spent his time on a live show "debunking" abortion rights arguments. He discussed the value of life and emphasized that his arguments were based in science, rather than religion alone. "Abortion is not just pulling a plug," Shapiro said. "Abortion is a violent act."

Pence and his wife Karen also made a surprise appearance at the Friday rally with a video message from Trump. "This is a movement founded on love and grounded in the nobility and dignity of every human life," Trump said in the message. "I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence: the right to life."

Pence earlier called into Shapiro's broadcast from the march. "We've got a record of extraordinary progress on the right to life," Pence said of the Trump administration. "This will be the generation that restores the right to life in America."

He later tweeted about the administration's nomination of conservative judges and allowing "states to defund Planned Parenthood."

This year, the march unfolds against the backdrop of a change in political power in Washington, with Democrats taking control of the House.

The first march took place on the west steps of the Capitol in January 1974, the year after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, which affirmed the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion.

March for Life president Jeanne Mancini conceded that things in Washington have “changed quite a bit” over the last 12 months. “Last year we could lean in and expect people to be really courageous on the Hill on our issues and we had all sorts of champions,” she said. “This year, we’re in the place of fighting for the status quo.”

On the other side, the new Democratic House majority vows to block Trump actions affecting birth control access and abortion services.

“We are systematically going to dismantle these restrictions on women’s health care,” Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., co-leader of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, said at a news conference Tuesday where one caucus member donned pink boxing gloves. “So here we go!”

To many participants, the annual march, which draws many young people from Catholic and other religious schools across the country, is a moment to stand up publicly with like-minded activists.

Nathan Elfrich, 19, and Carolin Quinn, 18, both students from Xavier University, see the annual event as a way to bond with peers.

Quinn, who is attending for the fourth year, said she has found a strong community of friends in the movement and the march. "It's important every year," she said. "The issue is an ongoing issue."

Elfrich called the march a "positive" movement unlike violent protests. He sees the march as something that can grow as anti-abortion youth grow up and "become leaders of the country."

He said it's important to keep the march going so that their voices continue to be heard. "The message can get lost" without it, he said.

Anna Demeuse, 23, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, who is at her sixth march, says she keeps coming back because abortion is still legal. "Until it is overturned we will still march," she said. "And even if it is overturned we can still march to celebrate life."

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