Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers flooded the streets of Washington, D.C. on Friday to speak up for the rights of babies in the womb.
The 44th annual March for Life was full of spirit and hope, and the crowd was full of people of all ages and walks of life. They marched to mourn the 58 million unborn babies lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade, which allowed abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
Despite so much loss, pro-lifers found many reasons to celebrate. New reports show abortions are dropping to historic lows and more women are being empowered to chose life for their babies. According to the latest report, abortions dropped below 1 million in 2014 for the first time in four decades. And even abortion advocacy groups credited pro-life efforts for the drop.
New for the March for Life, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, became the first sitting vice president and second lady to attend and speak at the event on Friday.
“We’re in the promise-keeping business. That’s why on Monday, the president reinstated the Mexico City Policy,” Pence said. “This administration will work to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers.”
“Life is winning again in America!” he declared.
Kellyanne Conway, White House advisor and former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, also spoke. Both leaders gave hope to the crowd that the new presidential administration will work to defund abortion groups while supporting women’s healthcare, ban late-term abortions and defend life in the womb.
Other speakers included Baltimore Ravens tight end Ben Watson, Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Church of God in Christ Bishop Vincent Mathews Jr., Eric Metaxas, Abby Johnson and other pro-life and political leaders.
There are no official crowd estimates, but photos and video feeds of the march led many to estimate the number of pro-lifers in the hundreds of thousands. The hashtag #MarchforLife also was a trending topic on Twitter for most of the day Friday, another sign of strong support for life.