What an incredible and powerful moment in American history!
President Donald Trump spoke at and attended the 47th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. This is the first time in history an American president spoke in-person at the March for Life.
Presidents have phoned-in at the march, but no president has ever actually attended.
Crowds cheered in gratitude as President Trump addressed thousands of marchers and pro-life supporters.
Listen to his powerful and historic speech below:
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Here’s the text of his speech:
“It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life. We’re here for a very simple reason: to defend the life of every child, born and unborn–to fulfill their God-given potential.
“For 47 years, Americans of all backgrounds have traveled from across the country to stand for life, and today as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you.
“I want to welcome tens of thousands–this is a tremendous turn-out–of high school and college students who took long bus rides to be here in our nation’s capitol. And to make you feel even better, there are tens of thousands of people outside that we passed on the way in.”
“We have a tremendous group of people outside. Thousands and thousands wanted to get here. This is some great success. Young people are the heart of the March for Life, and it’s your generation that’s making America the pro-family, pro-life nation.
“The life movement is led by strong women, amazing faith leaders, and brave students who carry on the legacy of pioneers before us who for to raise the conscience of our nation and uphold the rights of our citizens.
“You embrace mothers with care and compassion. You are powered by prayer, and motivated by pure, unselfish love. We are so grateful–these are incredible people.”
“All of us here today understand an eternal truth–every child is a precious and sacred gift from God. Together, we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life. When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation.
“When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world, from my family, and I can tell you that I send love–and I send great, great love.
“From the first day in office I’ve taken a historic action to support American families and to protect the unborn. During my first week in office, I reinstated and expanded the Mexico City policy, and we issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title X taxpayer funding.
“I notified Congress that I would veto any legislation that weakens pro-life policies or that encourages the destruction of human life.
“At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life. Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.
As the Bible tells us, each person is “wonderfully made.”
“We have taken decisive action to protect the religious liberty–so important. Religious liberty has been under attack all over the world, and frankly, very strongly attacked in our nation. You see it better than anyone, but we are stopping it.
“We’re taking care of doctors, nurses, teachers, and groups like The Little Sisters of the Poor. We are preserving faith-based adoption, and to uphold our founding documents, we have confirmed 187 federal judges who apply the constitution as written, including two phenomenal Supreme Court justices: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
“We are protecting pro-life students’ right to free speech on college campuses. And if universities want federal taxpayer dollars, then they must uphold your First Amendment right to speak your mind, and if they don’t, they pay a very big financial penalty, which they will not be willing to pay.
“Sadly, the far-left is actively working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious leaders from the public square, and silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life.
“They are coming after me because I am fighting for you, and we are fighting for those who have no voice. And we will win, because we know how to win.
“We all know how to win. You’ve been winning for a long time.
“Together, we are the voice for the voiceless.
“When it comes to abortion, democrats (and you know this–you’ve seen what’s happened) have embraced the most radical and extreme positions, taken and seen in this country for years and decades, and you can even say for centuries.
“Nearly every democrat in Congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth.
“Last year, lawmakers in New York cheered upon the passage of legislation that would allow the baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb right up until delivery. Then we had the case of the democrat governor in the state of Virginia–the commonwealth of Virginia.
“We love the commonwealth of Virginia, but what is going on in Virginia? The governor stated that he would execute a baby after birth. You remember that.
“Senate democrats even blocked legislation that would give medical care to babies who survived attempted abortions. That’s why I’ve called on Congress (two of our great senators here–so many of our congressmen here) to defend the dignity of life and to pass legislation prohibiting late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in their mother’s womb.
“This year, the March for Life is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which forever enshrined women’s rights to vote in the United States, and given by the United States constitution. Such a big event.
“Today, millions of extraordinary women across America are using the power of their votes to fight for the right and all of their rights as given in the Declaration of Independence–it’s the right to life.
“To all the women here today: your devotion and your leadership uplifts our entire nation, and we thank you for that.
“The tens of thousands of Americans gather today, not only stand for life, it’s really here that they stand for it so proudly together, and I want to thank everybody for that. You stand for life each and every day.
“You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care to the women that you serve. You find loving families for children in need of a forever-home. You host baby showers for expecting moms. You just make it your life’s mission to help spread God’s grace.
“And to all the moms here today, we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes.
“Your strength, devotion, and drive is what powers our nation, and because of you, our country has been blessed with amazing souls who have changed the course of human history.
“We cannot know what our citizens, yet unborn, will achieve. The dreams they will imagine, the masterpieces they will create, the discoveries they will make. But we know this: every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.
“And above all, we know, every human soul is divine and every human life, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of Almighty God.
“Together, we will defend this truth all across our magnificent land, we will set free the dreams of our people, and with determined hope, we look forward to all of the blessings that will come from the beauty, talent, purpose, nobility, and grace of every American child.
“I want to thank you. This is a very special moment. It’s so great to represent you. I love you all. And I say with true passion: thank you, God bless you, and God bless America!”
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