(CNSNews.com) – During a Thursday interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on “Washington Watch,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he believes “life is winning in America.”
“I believe with all of my heart, not just for the electoral victories of pro-life candidates and this pro-life president, but also, just, just from what I see around the country, life is winning in America,” Pence said. “And life is winning more hearts and minds of young people in America every single day.”
Pence’s remarks came the day before the national March for Life is set to take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. On Friday, Jan. 18, tens of thousands of pro-life Americans are expected to gather in the nation’s capital to peacefully protest against legalized abortion.
The March for Life takes place each year around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across-the-board throughout the United States. Each year since 1974, Americans have marched in defense of the right to life.
Since Roe v. Wade, an estimated 60 million babies have been killed by abortion. An average of 3,500 babies are killed by abortion each day in the United States.
Pence, who said he went to his first March for Life with his wife Karen nearly 20 years ago, said he believes the “steady progress” toward an end to legal abortion is due, in large part, to growing recognition among young people of the sanctity of human life.
“When you look at the fact that more and more young people are choosing to embrace the sanctity of life, I’m convinced that it’s been the result of a movement,” he said. “It’s been a result of, of people speaking out in the public square, the result of crisis pregnancy centers and their deeply compassionate work – you know, loving young women with, you know, who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, and loving their unborn child.”
“But I also, I also believe, and I’ve said this, that I also think that in the quiet counsels between mothers and daughters and grandmothers and granddaughters, the truth about abortion is being told,” the vice president added. “And young people are hearing that truth. They’re choosing life, and I believe that’s why we’re seeing the steady progress that we’re making.”
Pence pointed out some pro-life victories in recent years, including the election of a pro-life president and pro-life majorities in the U.S. Senate and, formerly, in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the Senate vote that allowed states to choose to defund Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider.
While Planned Parenthood is not yet fully de-funded, Pence said he was “absolutely determined” to continue working toward that goal.
“While we’re not there yet, you know, we are absolutely determined to continue, continue to cut off all funding,” he said. “The largest abortion provider in America should not be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X. We’ve made progress along that way – states can now defund Planned Parenthood – but we’re going to stay in the fight for life.”
“I really believe, in our lifetime, Tony, that we will see the sanctity of life restored to the center of American law,” he continued. “That’s my hope. My prayer, tomorrow on the National Mall, will be calling for that and celebrating the progress we’ve made.”
“I’m pro-life; I don’t apologize for it. We’ve, we’ve taken a strong stand for life throughout our public career, and we’ll – and, frankly, we will to our dying day,” Pence said.