Over the years, more than one president has addressed the National Right to Life March event that happens during the third week of January in Washington, D.C., every year. Usually, the president is somewhere on the White House grounds and a video feed is piped across the street to the stage set up on the National Mall.
Not this year.
This year, President Donald Trump traveled across the south lawn and stood behind bulletproof glass to deliver a pro-life speech that was eloquent and impassioned.
For 47 years, Americans of all backgrounds have traveled from across the country to stand for life.
And today as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you. [applause]
I want to welcome tens of thousands – this is a tremendous turnout – tens of thousands of high school and college students who took long bus rides to be here in our nation’s capital. And to make you feel even better, there are tens of thousands of people outside that we passed on the way in. If anybody would like to give up their spot, we can work it out.
We have a tremendous group of people outside. Thousands and thousands wanted to get in. This is some great success. [applause]
Young people are the heart of the March for Life. And it’s your generation that is making America the pro-family, pro-life nation. [applause]
The life movement is led by strong women, amazing faith leaders, and brave students who carry on the legacy of pioneers before us who fought to raise the conscience of our nation and uphold the rights of our citizens. You embrace mothers with care and compassion. You are empowered by prayer and motivated by your unselfish love. You are grateful and we are so grateful….
All of us here understand an eternal truth: Every child is a precious and sacred gift from God. [applause] Together, we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life. [applause]
When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. [applause] When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world – from my family, and I can tell you, I send love, and I send great, great love – and from the first day in office, I have taken historic action to support America’s families and to protect the unborn.
The full text of the speech can be found here.
Crowd estimates from Washington are not available as of this writing, but attendees claim that the hundreds of thousands marching for the unborn appears to be one of the larger events on record.
World wide, the March for Life is the largest human rights protest event, not to mention the annual pro-life event, on the planet.