By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
The leader of the Free World came to the March for Life—and we as a nation will never be the same.
“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,” President Trump said last Friday.
Through the power of his words, the President has raised the visibility of the March for Life—and the pro-life cause in general. Truly, there is nothing like the bully pulpit to inspire and engage the American people.
Looking out over a sea of young, vibrant faces—the face of change, the face of pro-life America—President Trump said, “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.”
For decades, the pro-life movement has been diligently and courageously working to restore legal protection for all human beings. But with a news media that often refuses to recognize the life-giving light of our Movement, the many successes of pro-lifers are frequently unheralded.
But now we have a President who sees the pro-life movement for what it truly is—the hope of our time—and praises it in front of the entire nation. By speaking at the 47th March for Life, President Trump showed his solidarity with our Movement, publicly and proudly.
President Trump emphasized the role of women in our cause. “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,” he said. “You embrace mothers with care and compassion.”
President Trump said (to thunderous applause), “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. One life changes the world.”
And that one life might have been saved by a heroic mother who saw the March and came to believe that she had the strength to carry on with her motherhood.
By his words and his life-affirming actions, President Trump has become our most pro-life President.
All of us who heard the President’s words…whether in person or via screen…were witnesses to history. 2020 will be remembered as the year the President of the United States gave voice to all of us who have been working for the end of the Roe v. Wade regime. And our nation, and our world, is better for it.
“We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve,” the President said. “The dreams they will imagine. The masterpieces they will create. The discoveries they will make. But we know this: every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.”
Every single person, born and unborn.
“And above all,” President Trump said, “we know that every human soul is divine and every human life, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of Almighty God.”