Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mike Pence addresses annual anti-abortion rally: 'Life is winning again in America'

Mike Pence waves from the stage at a rally.

Vice President Mike Pence became the highest-ranking government official to ever address the annual March for Life rally in D.C. on Friday, pledging that the new administration would limit abortion access as much as possible in the United States.

He opened with a reference to the Declaration of Independence’s right to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” saying that the country had abandoned the first principle when the Supreme Court gave women a constitutional right to abortion in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
“Today, three generations hence, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches all across the nation, life is winning again in America,” Pence told the cheering crowd.

The 44th annual March for Life brought thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators to the National Mall, carrying signs declaring “I am the pro-life generation” and “Abortion is murder.” Organisers and participants expressed their glee that the tide finally seems to be turning in their favour.

All three branches of government are now controlled by the Republican party, which has traditionally opposed abortion rights, and will have the opportunity to use that power to restrict those rights in the next four years.

In his fourth day in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating a gag order keeping non-governmental organisations that receive federal funding from discussing abortion abroad.

For the judicial branch, Pence said Trump will name his nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat next week, and that they would oppose abortion rights.

And in Congress, Republican majorities are vowing to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood, and ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Trump has said he’d sign both measures.
“Be assured: Along with you we will not grow weary, we will not rest, until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity,” Pence concluded.

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