Grand Rapids Right to Life hosted more than 700 people on 13 buses traveling from Michigan to Washington, DC, for the 47th annual March for Life.
Crowd estimates ranged from 450,000 to 500,000 marchers, who peacefully demonstrated against the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion-on-demand in all fifty states.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, sent a recorded video message from the Vatican. They thanked people for traveling to the nation’s capital to stand for life.
History was made when President Donald J. Trump became the first sitting president to ever address the March for Life in person. “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,” Trump stated. “You embrace mothers with care and compassion. You are empowered by prayer and motivated by your unselfish love.”
Trump had to pause multiple times as the crowd erupted in cheers. “Together, we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life,” he continued. “When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. 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.”
Trump further explained how his administration, from his first day in office, had taken action to protect the unborn.
Other speakers at the rally included Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family; Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List; State Senator Katrina Jackson (D-LA) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ); Melissa Ohden, a survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion; and Claire Culwell, a survivor of a failed surgical abortion.
Photos from the March for Life can be viewed on the Grand Rapids Right to Life Flickr page.