WASHINGTON, D.C. — This year's March for Life drew massive crowds to the National Mall Friday as people marched in protest of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
People first gathered around the Washington Monument for speeches from the likes of Vice President Mike Pence, who became the highest ranking government official to ever attend the event.
"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,” said Mr. Pence. He also promised that the Trump administration would work to end the taxpayer funding of abortions and funding for those who provided them, a message that was well received by those in attendance.
"Hopefully, sometime down the road, getting some actual legislative change in to really protect the unborn and the most vulnerable among us,” said Christine Chase.
Following the speeches, the crowd then marched up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here there was a smaller stage for more speeches.
"I’m just here to try to give voice to the voiceless and stand for life,” said Joseph Barry.
But at the Supreme Court, the pro-life march was also met by a smaller group of pro-choice activists who expressed concern about the incoming administration.
"Bodily autonomy is a human right and the Trump administration is absolutely determined to roll back women’s rights by decades,” said Michelle Kinsey-Bruns.
President Trump did tweet out his support for the march and during his speech, Vice President Pence reiterated that Mr. Trump would announce his Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia