After a speech made on Friday, President Donald Trump has become the first sitting president of the United States to address the annual March for Life. The international pro-life rally movement celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, with the main march taking place in the District of Columbia held on or around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
"Today, tens of thousands of families, students, and patriots, and really just great citizens, gather here in our Nation's Capital," President Trump said in his speech broadcast on a large screen before the March for Life rally attendees at the National Mall.
"You come from many backgrounds, many places, 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.
"Because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born and reached their full God-given potential."
During his speech, Trump highlighted his pro-life efforts as president, including reinstituting the Mexico City Policy, which bans the government funding of abortions overseas, and reversing an Obama-era policy that effectively blocked state governments from defunding Planned Parenthood.
The president noted that the United States is one of seven countries which allow elective abortions after 20 weeks and denounced such abortions as "wrong" and said that "it has to change."
"We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of our society, but this movement can only succeed with the heart, the soul, and the prayer of the people," he continued, calling life "the greatest miracle of all."
The president concluded, "We are with you all the way."
Hear President Trump's full speech in the video below: