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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Kellyanne Conway, president-elect Donald Trump's 2016 campaign manager and currently counselor to the president, will be speaking at the 43rd Annual March for Life this month.
Jeanne Mancini, head of the March for Life, said, "We are thrilled to have Kellyanne Conway speak at this year's March for Life. As the first female to run a successful presidential campaign and as a steadfast advocate for life and family issues, Kellyanne beautifully embodies the 2017 March for Life's theme, 'The Power of One.'"
The March for Life began on January 22, 1974, under the leadership of Nellie Gray, a former Department of Labor lawyer who became a pro-life activist after the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade. According to reports, Conway is a faithful Catholic, and she says her faith is very important to her.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner on January 9, Conway commented,
Faith plays a minute-by-minute part of my life. It is constant. This is consequential, this is exciting and historic in its own way, but it is nothing compared to the universe in which we live, the God that I worship, and the totality of our lives. I do believe that God placed me in this position at this time to do my small part to create an environment to allow Mr. Trump to flourish and to help to create a campaign structure with our fabulous team.
Conway has also been an influential member of the pro-life movement throughout her career. Kristen Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America (SFLA), remarked, "Kellyanne has been a prominent fixture in the conservative and pro-life movement for years, lending her wisdom and expertise to the good causes of many candidates and organizations. She understands the value of protecting innocent life and communicating that message effectively."
Deal Hudson, founder of Trump's Catholic advisory group, commented, "I'm thrilled that a Catholic mother of four, who has defended innocent life her entire career, would now be helping to shape presidential decision-making." After winning the election, Conway was selected by Trump to be his counselor, a top White House job.
David O'Steen, executive director of National Right to Life, said, "In choosing pro-life Kellyanne Conway to be counselor to the President, Trump has not only availed himself of one of the most talented advisors possible, he has also sent a strong signal to the entire pro-life movement about his own commitment to the pro-life issue."
During the presidential race, Trump spoke out against abortion and has exhibited a commitment to the pro-life cause. Although he once supported abortion, Trump admits his thinking has changed on the subject after personal experiences with friends who had decided to keep their children and the positive impact that decision has had on their lives.
In an editorial for the Washington Examiner published on January 23, 2016, Trump elaborated on his pro-life stance:
Over time, our Culture of Life in this country has started sliding toward a Culture of Death. Perhaps the most significant piece of evidence to support this assertion is that since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court 43 years ago, over 50 million Americans never had the chance to enjoy the opportunities offered by this country.
During the course of his candidacy, Trump also promised to defund Planned Parenthood. He wrote in a letter to pro-life leaders, "I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and to re-allocate their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive healthcare for women."
Trump has also pledged to appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court, saying in a 60 Minutes interview, "I'm pro-life. The judges will be pro-life."