The “March for Life” started in 1973 after the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that abortion is a woman’s right and cannot be abridged by the states. Adults and students come from around the country to march on behalf of the person not represented in Roe v. Wade, the unborn child.
Many presidents have voiced their trouble with abortion, and several have flatly stated they are personally pro-life but will abide by the court’s decision. None of them attended the march, even though it is held outside their front door.
That changes today, when President Trump will become the first U.S. president to attend the annual event, underscoring his outspoken support for the anti-abortion movement as it celebrates key legislative gains in 2019. Anti-abortion advocates were able to achieve 25 bans on various types of abortions were signed into law, according to the Guttmacher Institute, although many have not taken effect because of pending legal challenges. The legal wrangling is part of a larger strategy to get a case back in front of the Supreme Court, where pro-life supporters think the recently more conservative court will view their case more favorably.
In response to a tweet from March for Life promoting the event, Trump tweeted:
“See you on Friday … Big Crowd!”
Vice President Mike Pence attended the event in person last year.