Speech to March for Life Cements Trump's 180 on Abortion

He's now at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2018 2:59 PM CST
President Donald Trump speaks to participants of the annual March for Life event, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – He once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights, the AP reports. "Love saves lives," the president said Friday from the White House Rose Garden, in an address broadcast to thousands of demonstrators in the annual March for Life. "We are with you all the way." Though his record is mixed and a midterm election looms, abortion opponents say they have not felt so optimistic in at least a decade. "I don't think anybody thinks that the White House is a perfectly regimented and orderly family ... but that doesn't change their commitment to the issue," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion organization.

With a Republican-controlled Congress at his back on this issue, Trump is cementing his turnaround on abortion with the address to the March for Life—the first president to do so by video in the event's 45-year history, he said. That's a symbolic change from last year, when Vice President Mike Pence addressed the group in Trump's absence. "In one short year, President Donald Trump has made a difference for life," Pence told march leaders Thursday night. On Thursday, the administration announced the creation of a new office to protect the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion. Supporters of abortion rights say it adds up to a president doing administratively what he's often failed to accomplish through Congress.

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