Mike Pence First Vice President in U.S. History to Speak at Annual March for Life

By Michael W. Chapman | January 27, 2017 | 12:06pm EST

Vice President Mike Pence. (AP) 

(CNSNews.com) -- For the first time in the history of the Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. -- going back 44 years -- a vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, will speak at the demonstration, which seeks to eliminate the killing of children by abortion and overturn the 1973 pro-abortion court ruling Roe v. Wade.

This year's event, the 44th annual March for Life, takes place today, Jan. 27 on the National Mall. It starts near the Smithsonian buiding, where a stage is set for the speakers.  After the speeches, the attendees -- estimated in the hundreds of thousands -- will march up Constitution Ave. to the Supreme Court. There usually are some pro-abortion protestors on the sidewalk in front of the court.  

Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said, "We are very pleased to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to speak at this year's March for Life. His appearance marks a historic moment for the pro-life movement as Vice President Pence will be the first Vice President or President to speak at the March for Life."

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini.  (Screenshot: YouTube)

"Vice President Pence has been a friend and champion of the pro-life cause his entire career," said Mancini in a statement. "Pro-life leaders, activists, volunteers and marchers will be thrilled to hear from Vice President Pence and are bound to leave the March for Life even more energized than when they came."

"Our theme this year is the 'Power of One,' highlighting how every individual has the ability to make a difference in the cause of ife," she said. "As a former member of Congress, governor, and now vice president, Mike Pence has demonstrated throughout his entire career how one person can, indeed, make a difference in the ultimate human right -- the right to life."

In addition to Vice Ppesident Pence, other speakers at the march include Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City, Baltimore Ravens tight end Banjamin Watson, former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson, telenova star Karyme Lozano, author Eric Metaxas, and Bishop Vincent Matthews Jr., president at the Church of God in Christ Ministries. 

Photo from the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C.  (CNSNews.com) 

On Thursday, when asked about the pro-life actions of the Trump administration, Jeanne Mancini said, "We are just delighted so far with what we have seen, in less than a week, from the Trump administration. We saw the Mexico City Policy reinstated. They have mentioned the March for Life in press briefings and in interviews all week long. We have never seen anything like this in our lifetime."

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