By Dave Andrusko
When the New York Times broke the story this morning that pro-life Vice President Mike Pence would join pro-life presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway at Friday’s March for Life, the first thing I did was contact Mike Fichter.
Mr. Fichter is President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate. Mr. Pence was a long-time congressman from the Hoosier state and more recently its governor. Who would know better about the vice president’s pro-life credentials?
“We are thrilled that Vice President Mike Pence will address tomorrow’s March for Life,” Fichter told NRL News Today. “We’ve known him as a prolife champion for quite some time in Indiana, now the nation and the world is beginning to see that protecting the value of unborn children is at the very heart of who he is.”
Fichter added, “Tomorrow is will be a historic day in which new hope is kindled in America that an end to abortion’s tragic period in our history is drawing to a close.”
In what can only be described as an understatement, the Times’ Jeremy W. Peters wrote, “The symbolism of hearing from Mr. Pence and another senior Trump administration official, Kellyanne Conway, at the march is hard to overlook.”
As many publications immediately observed, Vice President Pence becomes the highest ranking government official to speak in person at the March which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from around the globe. President Reagan and President George W. Bush addressed the March by remote telephone.
However Pence’s appearance is nothing new. Many times I saw him address the March when he was a congressman from Indiana’s 6th Congressional District.
In its story, USA Today observed
Asked two days before his inauguration how he planned to fulfill his promise, Pence told USA TODAY that it’s Trump who “will be their champion.”
“The president has taken a strong stand on the sanctity of life and you know I share that conviction,” Pence said.
He said his job as vice president is to support that agenda and to reach out to lawmakers, the public and groups around the country to “marshal the support necessary to achieve those successes.”
The March for Life, already promising to be the best ever, just got even better.