Weeks of speculation were confirmed on Thursday, when the White House verified that Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the national March for Life on Jan. 27.
According to the New York Times, a senior White House official
confirmed the news the day before the march, which is generally held
close to the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court
decision that mandated legal abortion nationwide.
The presence of a sitting vice president is a major boost for the
annual pro-life march, which regularly sees hundreds of thousands of
attendees from across the country, but generally receives minimal
coverage in major media outlets.
Other speakers at this year’s rally and march include Kellyanne
Conway, senior counselor to President Donald Trump; Cardinal Timothy
Dolan of New York; Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson; and
former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson.
Pence, who formerly served as governor of Indiana, has long been
known for his pro-life stance. During the Vice Presidential debate, he
stressed that his Christian faith hinges upon upholding the “sanctity of
“It all for me begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human life,” Pence said on the debate stage.
“For me the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief that ancient
principle that where God says before you were formed in the womb I knew
He harshly criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
and vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine for their support of
“The very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could
still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me. And I
can’t conscience about a party that supports that,” he said.
The first week of the new presidential administration has included
two major victories for the pro-life movement.
On Monday, President
Donald Trump signed an executive order restoring the Mexico City Policy,
which states that foreign non-governmental organizations may not
receive federal funding if they perform or promote abortions as a method
of family planning.
In addition, the House of Representatives passed a bill to permanently enshrine in law an annual appropriations provision that bars federal funding of abortion.
Next week, Trump is expected to announce his pick for Supreme Court
Justice. He has promised to pick a pro-life replacement for Justice
Antonin Scalia, who died last year.