For the first time in the 43-year-long history of DC's annual March for Life, White House officials attended the event. Vice President Mike Pence promised the crowd Friday that "life is winning again in America," and noted that there is a "pro-life [majority]" in Congress. He said the outlook for the anti-abortion movement is better than it has been since Roe v. Wade, and promised that marchers would see action from President Donald Trump as soon as next week. That's when Trump plans to nominate someone to replace Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court, and Pence said that the nominee would share Scalia's anti-abortion stance.
Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway also addressed the crowd, telling marchers, "This is a new day, a new dawn for life," as they chanted her name. She added that the Declaration of Independence guarantees a "right to life. It is a right. It is not a privilege. It is not a choice. It is God-given." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes that, though no former president or VP has ever attended the march, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush addressed marchers via video. Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Sen. Jodi Ernst, R-Iowa, also addressed this year's crowd, reports Fox News. There is no official estimate on the number of attendees yet.