Thousands of anti-abortion activists from around the USA gathered in Washington Friday for the annual "March for Life" - fired up by the support of Donald Trump, who was slated to address the crowds via video link.
Trump is the third sitting president to address the march: Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush made supportive remarks to the march at least twice each during their presidencies, speaking via telephone broadcast by loudspeakers.
Trump has previously flip-flopped on abortion, declaring himself "very pro-choice", before later insisting her was pro-life.
And in a move that was heralded by anti-abortion activists, Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, an anti-abortion jurist, to the Supreme Court and has filled lower courts with anti-abortion judges.
Anti-abortion rights groups praised the move.
During his speech, Trump thanked those with "big hearts and tireless devotion" who work to help struggling mothers choose life.
Madeira, Ohio, resident Ginger Ittenbach isn't so sure the Trump administration is to be trusted, and that makes her a key "persuadable" voter in the eyes of anti-abortion activists.
"The only organization that we can identify that's not publicly endorsing and supporting the bill is National Right to Life", he said.
The president said the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 "has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world". They knocked and asked people who answered if they were aware of Sen. And while she says he has shown his commitment to the anti-abortion movement "early and often", he has at times seemed uncomfortable with the issue. And it's not something that should be tied to the GOP or one religious institution.
"From preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortion overseas to empowering states to respect life and Title X, to nominating judges who will uphold our God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States", he said.
People gathered Thursday at the Independent Presbyterian Church to travel to Washington D.C.
The announcement first appeared on Twitter this morning when Lauren Ashburn, the Managing Editor of the Eternal Word Television Network (ETWN) and anchor of EWTN "News Nightly", tweeted that the president would address the march "via TV feed" this year. In the 45 years since the decision was issued on January 22, 1973, the March for Life has been staged near the ruling's anniversary in protest.