The March for Life is an annual rally that protests abortion funding and the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. The March is generally organized to fall on the anniversary of the landmark case that was rendered on January 22, 1973. The White House has customarily not acknowledged the March for Life and their annual efforts. The closest organizers had ever gotten to influencing the central administration was a subtle nod from President Ronald Reagan when he phoned in one year. Today, Vice President Mike Pence changed that at the 44th annual March. His central message? “Life is winning”. President Trump also tweeted the following, as he was unable to attend due to a first meeting with UK Prime Minister, Elizabeth May.
This affirmation for pro life supporters followings an executive ordered signed by President Trump earlier this week. The Mexico City Policy, first created by President Reagan in 1984, allows for the cutting of funding for international groups that perform or provide abortion information. Many Americans are now wondering what these steps mean for Roe v. Wade and the future right for a woman to choose. Vice President Pence subtly addressed this issue in the final quarter of his speech to March for Life attendees by providing a timeline for the new administration’s Supreme Court appointee. President Trump has suggested that he would select the 9th justice who will fill Scalia’s spot based on their opposition to abortion. It is now rumoured that the Supreme Court nominee will be announced next Thursday.
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