A movement born out of love

Friday, January 19, 2018
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Chris Woodward, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

EWTN crowd image 2President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a host of pro-life leaders and activists spoke to thousands who gathered Friday in America's capital to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Below are several images and quotes from today's 45th annual March for Life in Washington, DC (see pre-march story from OneNewsNow). Speaking on EWTN prior to the march, Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony List said her mind was first changed on the pro-life issue when she was in college.

"I came and I marched the opposite direction of the 'March for Women's Lives.' I had my own poster [that read] 'Equal Rights for Unborn Women' – and I'm not really sure why I was doing this ... but I think I knew I needed to be there in the same way I know I need to be at the March for Life every year."

Dannenfelser

Dannenfelser said she enjoys the fellowship that March for Life brings.

"My children and I talk about it [and say] 'If we could just live with this group of people all the time, what a really cool life that would be.' It's like being on a constant retreat in so many ways: people don't go there for personal gain, for cash, but just to bear witness to the invisible need that is there in the child, in the mom."

EWTN crowd image 1

Tobias

Carol Tobias of National Right to Life, also speaking on EWTN, called on more people to get behind the abortion-pill reversal movement.

"There is an abortion-pill reversal network around the country, but we need more men and women to get involved and be part of that. As a movement, that would be something great that we can do that would actually impact the women and save the babies."

Canadian author and activist Stephanie Gray told EWTN that everyone is pro-life – they just don't know it yet.

"The truth is written on our hearts. Our heavenly Father has built into us a way of life that is outward-focused, that involves a communion of persons, that really engages the person to the highest level of love, of truth, of goodness, of beauty. And so that is what the pro-life message is about. So when we ask questions and we draw those truths out of people, they suddenly realize that the message resonates with [them], that there's something attractive about that – not because we're introducing them to something they don't know, but because we are drawing out of them something that our Lord placed on their hearts when He created them in His image."

VP Mike Pence
Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the March for Life from the White House via satellite link.

"More than 240 years ago, our founders wrote words that have echoed through the ages. They declared these truths to be self-evident that we are each of us endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

"Forty-five years ago the Supreme Court of the United States turned its back on the unalienable right to life, but in that moment our movement began. A movement that continues to win hearts and minds, a movement defined by generosity, compassion, and love; and a movement that one year ago tomorrow inaugurated the most pro-life president in American history: President Donald Trump."

"From preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortion overseas, to empowering states to respect life in Title X, to nominating judges who will uphold our God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States – this president has been a tireless defender of life and conscience in America and today, President Trump will do even more to defend the most vulnerable in our society."

"My friends, life is winning in America because love saves lives. And know that as you march for life, that your compassion, your persistence, your activism and your prayers are saving lives and this pro-life generation should never doubt we are with you. This president stands with you and He who said 'Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you' is with you as well."

Pres. Donald Trump
President Trump followed Vice President Pence and became the first sitting president to address March for Life participants via a live satellite link.

"Today tens of thousands of families, students and patriots and really just great citizens gather here in our nation's capital ... but you all come for one beautiful cause: to build a society where life is celebrated, protected, and cherished. The March for Life is a movement born out of love. You love your families. You love your neighbors. You love our nation. And you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God."

March for Life 2018 theme"We know that life is the greatest miracle of all. We see it in the eyes of every new mother who cradles that wonderful, innocent and glorious newborn child in her loving arms. I want to thank every person here today and all across our country who works with such big hearts and tireless devotion to make sure that parents have the care and support they need to choose life. Because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born and reached their full God-given potential. Because of you. You're living witnesses of this year's March for Life theme: Love Saves Lives."

"Americans are more and more pro-life, you see that all the time. In fact, only 12 percent of Americans support abortion on demand at any time. Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence – and that is the right to life."

"Today I'm announcing that we have just issued a new proposal to protect conscience rights and religious freedoms of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals .... I have also just reversed the previous administration's policy that restricted states' efforts to direct Medicaid funding way from abortion facilities that violate the law."

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