(CNSNews.com) – Vice President Mike Pence told attendees at the March for Life on Friday that “life is winning in America” and that they have a president who is already making good on his pro-life campaign promises.
“Life is winning again in America,” Pence said. “That is evident in the election of pro-life majorities in the Congress of the United States of America, but it is no more evident in any way than in the historic election of a president who stands for a stronger America, a more prosperous America, and a president who I proudly say stands for the right to life - President Donald Trump.”
Pence called it “the best day” he’s seen for the March for Life “in more ways than one.”
“I’m deeply humbled to stand before you today, deeply humbled to be the first vice president of the United States to ever have the privilege to attend this historic gathering,” he said.
“More than 240 years ago, our founders wrote words that have echoed through the ages. They declared these truths to be self-evident that we are all of us endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Pence said.
“Forty-four years ago, our Supreme Court turned away from the first of these timeless ideals, but today, three generations hence, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America,” he said.
“President Trump actually asked me to be here with you today. He asked me to thank you for your support, for your stand for life, and for your compassion for the women and children of America,” Pence said.
Pence said Trump has already kept his pro-life campaign promises.
“From his first day he’s been making keeping his promises to the American people. I like to say over there at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue we’re in the promise-keeping business. That’s why on Monday, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy to prevent foreign aid from funding organizations that promote and perform abortions worldwide,” Pence said.
“That’s why this administration will work with the Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers, and we will divert those resources to health care services for women across America, and that’s why next week, President Donald Trump will announce a Supreme Court nominee will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution in the tradition of the late and great Antonin Scalia,” he added.
“You know life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress, the progress that we’ve made in this cause. I’ve long believed that a society can be judged by how we care for our most vulnerable – the aged, the infirmed, the disabled, and the unborn,” Pence said.
“We’ve come to a historic moment in the cause of life, and we must meet this moment with respect and compassion for every American. Life is winning in America for many reasons. Life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life begins more and more every day. Life is winning through the generosity of millions of adoptive families who open their hearts and homes to children in need,” he said.
Pence said life is winning “through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations who minister to women in the cities and towns across this country.”
“And life is winning through the quiet counsels between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, between friends across kitchen tables and over coffee at college campuses. The truth is being told,” he said.
“Compassion is overcoming convenience, and hope is defeating despair. In a word, life is winning in America because of all of you, so I urge you to press on,” Pence said, “but as it written, let your gentleness be evident to all.
“Let this movement be known for love, not anger. Let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation. When it comes to matters of the heart, there is nothing stronger than gentleness. I believe we will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children, and if we, each of us, do all we can to meet them where they are with generosity, not judgment,” he said.