It’s great news that the White House is showing strong support for March for Life as Vice-President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at the event in Washington DC today. Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway will also headline the pre-march rally on the National Mall.
The march signifies opposition to the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
This will mark the first time since the rally began that a President or Vice-President will speak at the March for Life in person. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have done so, but only remotely.
Pence and Conway’s appearance at the march gives the event a huge boost, which is attended by hundreds of thousands of people every year, yet receives very little media coverage.
While Trump used to support abortion rights, activists view Pence as one of their own, a longtime and trustworthy ally.
VP Mike Pence’s appearance will come just a few days before Mr. Trump is expected to reveal his nominee for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year.
Mr. Trump has said his pick, like Mr. Scalia, would oppose abortion rights, one of several promises he has made to roll back legal protections for the procedure.