On Friday President Donald Trump will be the first president to address the March for Life rally in DC in the 47 years the event has taken place.
The rally brings together Americans from all over the nation who oppose abortion. About 100,000 attend and last year Vice-President Mike Pence made an unscheduled appearance, much to the delight of the audience. This announcement came on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
Jeanne Mancini, president of the group that organizes the march, had this to say:
“From the appointment of pro-life judges and federal workers, to cutting taxpayer funding for abortions here and abroad, to calling for an end to late-term abortions, President Trump and his administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering. We are grateful for all these pro-life accomplishments and look forward to gaining more victories for life in the future.”
The president’s canny media move will rain on the PR parade of House Dems who will be wrapping up their arguments against him in the Senate impeachment trial.
In a further goading of the Left, his participation will draw out the vicious criticism of the abortion on demand and partial-birth abortion crowd.
The abortion hardliners will want their share of air time as well, thus also contributing to a lack of attention for the House Dem impeachment managers.
While it must be granted that many have sadly come to view abortion as a legal right, many also draw the line at partial-birth abortion and agree with numerous state laws restricting access to the fatal procedure. The president will no doubt also be talking to those relatively moderate voters in his address to the rally.
Pro-life and social conservative groups were first leery of Trump when he joined the 2016 race for the presidency. He had been a registered Democrat, an outspoken supporter of and donor to Dem campaigns, and was not viewed as reliable on social issues.
His personal life also left some traditionalists aghast.
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But his actions as president have proven his pro-life bona fides and social conservatives largely and enthusiastically have come to support him for reelection.