“Together we are the voice for the voiceless. When it comes to Democrats – and you know it – you have seen what happened. Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades and you can even say for centuries, “said Trump. “Almost every Democratic high in Congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to birth.”
“Unfortunately, the far left is actively working to erase our rights of God, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious believers from the public square and silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life,” said Trump Friday. “They are chasing me because I am fighting for you, and we are fighting for those who have no voice, and we will win because we know how to win.”
The march aligns with the week of the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade this year, as per tradition, in an anti-abortion response to the historic Supreme Court case of 1973 that legalized abortion nationally. The event was founded in 1974 by anti-abortion activist Nellie Gray and typically attracts around 100,000 attendees from across the country. The plan is to continue the event until the eggs turn over, according to the organizers of the march.
The crowd had gathered at the National Mall on Friday morning long before 12 noon. ET start time. There was a festival-like atmosphere as music rang through the speakers near the main stage. Many present, including priests and school visits, had come from all over the country to participate, some with pins and buttons. Among the messages on the printed signs were “Love Life / Choose Life”, “Save the Baby Humans” and “Pro-Life Voices for Trump”.
Nancy Weber, 57, of St. Charles, Illinois, told CNN that she left home at 4:00 PM. Thursday to take a 15-hour trip to Washington to “show our support for life”. She said that an unplanned pregnancy earlier in her life, which allowed her to give the baby up for adoption, helped change her views.
“What is a childless world? Our biggest asset is people,” he said. “So I think adoption is the loving option.”
The Connecticut Nieves family, calling themselves “life-long life professionals”, decided to participate in this year’s march before knowing that Trump was speaking.
Although “he’s not a big Trump fan,” said Matthew Nieves, 22, “it’s fantastic that he supports him.”
An ally of the anti-abortion rights movement
Trump regularly discusses the need to limit abortion rights on the campaign track and has taken numerous actions in the office to do so.
The Friday event – “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman” themed – will present a demonstration on the National Mall at noon followed by a march that will end on the steps of the Supreme Court. Household minority whip Steve Scalise, Louisiana Republican, and GOP representative, Chris Smith of New Jersey, are also expected to speak on the march.
This story is breaking and will be updated.
Jacqueline Howard of CNN contributed to this report.