WASHINGTON — Activists gathered at the grounds of the Washington Monument Friday morning for the 44th annual March for Life, the largest pro-life gathering in the world.
The March for Life takes place each year on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. This year’s event was delayed in order to accommodate President Donald Trump’s inauguration, which is typical for the March for Life during inaugural years.
Vice President Mike Pence will become the first vice president to address the gathering. Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to Trump, will also speak at the March.
“We are very pleased to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to speak at this year’s March for Life,” Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life, said in a statement. “His appearance marks a historic moment for the pro-life movement as Vice President Pence will be the first vice president or president to speak at the March for Life.”
Additional speakers will include Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Reps. Mia Love (R-Utah) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson, Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and the founder of “And Then There Were None,” and author and radio host Eric Metaxas.
The rally will kick off at noon, and the March itself will start immediately after (approximately 1:00 p.m.). This year’s theme is the “Power of One,” which organizers said is an effort to highlight how each individual has the ability to make a difference.
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