(1/18/2019) For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump addressed the March for Life. The Vice President and Mrs. Pence spoke to the crowd and introduced President Trump’s taped address to thousands of people from around the country who came for the 46th annual event.
Big crowds showed up here in Washington, D.C. Friday to have their voices heard on one of the most politically divisive issues in Washington and across the country. They rallied on the National Mall, then marched to the Capitol and the steps of the Supreme Court.
Braving the cold and wet to advocate for their cause. “I started coming to the march for life about 30-40 years ago.” says Sharon Masterson, a pro-life activist. Masterson led a group of students from the Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee. “When they get out here and see 500,000 people, they’re overwhelmed.”
“It’s just nice to have the support of people my age.” says pro-life activist Bri Jones. “Because that means that were going to be able to do something and we are the pro-life generation.”
Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the crowd, and the President chimed in with a video address assuring them the administration is on their side.
Many people out here in the crowd today say they believe there is strength in the sheer number of people that showed up. They say it shows that their movement has momentum especially since there are many young people in the crowd.
However, a mile away, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, a small group of counter-protesters gathered to support abortion.
“I’m here to say there’s another side.” says Kelly Cavanaugh, a pro-choice activist. “Just because you have a large group that’s mainly children, there are adults out here and we are voting and we want to counter you.”
The split over the issue is reflected in Congress. A bill in the Senate to restrict abortion failed to get enough support to move forward with the final tally 48-47.
On Saturday January 27, Monroe and West Mornoe will host it’s first Louisiana Life March. It begins with a short program at First West Baptist Church at 2 p.m., followed by a walk over the Endom Bridge to the Anna Grey Noe Park in Monroe for prayer, music, and other presentations. The march should end around 4 p.m.