WASHINGTON, D.C. (ChurchMilitant.com) - President Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting U.S. President to give a live-video address streamed from the White House Rose Garden to the annual March for Life. This year marks the 45th year that pro-life Americans have descended on the nation's capital to give voice to the unborn. Coincidentally, Trump is the 45th president of the United States.
"We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of our society, but this movement can only succeed with the heart, and the soul and the prayer of the people."
Trump criticized the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, "As you all know, Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world. For example, in the United States, it's one of only seven countries to allow elective late-term abortions, along with China, North Korea and others."
Trump also lauded crisis pregnancy center workers, "Because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born and reach their full, God-given potential. Because of you, you're living witnesses of this year's March for Life theme and that theme is 'Love Saves Lives.'"
While previous presidents have given pre-recorded and live phone call addresses to the March for Life, President Trump is the first to give a live-streamed video address to the pro-life demonstration.
The secular media has been notoriously silent on the March for Life, either ignoring or downplaying the size of the crowds showing up to witness against the Culture of Death, while giving a wealth of attention to pro-abortion demonstrations such as the so-called Women's March, which took place in January 2017, the day after Trump was sworn in as president.
Last year, President Trump was asked by ABC's David Muir if he could hear the Women's March. Trump responded by calling out the mainstream media for its lack of attention to the ongoing annual pro-life demonstrations. "The crowds were large, but you're going to have a large crowd on Friday too, which is mostly pro-life people."
Trump went on, "I didn't realize this, but I was told, you will have a very large crowd of people, I don't know, as large or larger some people say — it's going to be larger, pro-life people, and they say the press doesn't cover them."
President Trump reviewed his first-year record of pro-life victories, which was book-ended with banning taxpayer funding of abortion overseas by reinstating the Mexico City policy on January 23, 2017, and instituting a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Health and Human Services on Thursday, Church Militant reported.
"I strongly supported the House of Representatives' Pain-Capable Bill, which would end painful, late-term abortions nationwide, and I call upon the Senate to pass this important law and send it to my desk for signing," Trump continued
"I have also just reversed the previous administration's policy that restricted states' efforts to direct Medicaid funding away from abortion facilities that violate the law."
In 2017, Vice President Mike Pence became the highest-ranking White House official to speak at the event in person. During that address, Pence said, "Forty-four years ago, our Supreme Court turned away from the first of these timeless ideals. But today, three generations hence, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America." At Friday's Rose Garden address, Vice President Pence referred to Trump as "a tireless defender of life and conscience in America."
Last year, 2017, was also the first year that C-Span and CNN both live streamed the pro-life rally. In the year leading up to this increase in coverage, the Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues was founded, whose stated mission was "to encourage the mainstream media to cover the yearly pro-life event that brings in tens of thousands of Americans who march in the District of Columbia to advocate for the unborn."
The move by Trump this year will give the secular liberal media the choice between covering the March and ignoring an address by a sitting U.S. president.