"I believe with all of my heart, with your continued dedication and compassion, with pro-life majorities in the Congress, with President Donald Trump in this White House and with God's help, we will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law".
Trump's speech comes on the heels of another victory for religious conservatives: the announcement that the HHS Office of Civil Rights is creating a "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" with the stated goal of protecting the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions or treating transgender patients. The rule would bolster the power of the agency's new health-care discrimination wing, launched a day earlier.
Though Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush addressed the March for Life by telephone, Trump is the first president to do so using a video link.
The proposed law now heads to the Senate, where debates over abortion rights will continue.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of NY, chairman of the USA bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, presided over the service.
"These fragile young lives need care immediately once they're born, which is why I strongly support this legislation", Farenthold said.
Members of GW Students for Life, GW Catholics and the GW College Republicans met in Kogan Plaza to join a large crowd of anti-abortion activists for the rally and ensuing march to the Supreme Court - the first time the three student organizations have coordinated an event together, group members said.
"Dan and I prayer and we cried (at the news of their unborn child's condition). and in that devastation we saw hope". He condemned the Roe v Wade decision, saying it "turned its back on the right to life" but also created the modern pro-life movement which is founded on "compassion and love".
Tobias is encouraged by Republican-led administration efforts that are going forward to abolish abortion. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is written into the Declaration of Independence, but nearly 60 million Americans never had the opportunity to live, since they were aborted in their mother's womb.
Tobias said she is hopeful pro-life legislation put forward in the House of Representatives may eventually be approved by the Senate. But I would also say that a woman's fetus, although it is inside of her, is not her. "Because of you", he said. On the issue of abortion, that is, sadly, too often not occurring.
"The United States, it's one of only seven countries to allow elective late term abortions, along with China, North Korea, and others".
But that wasn't always the case. Both Tobias and Smeal agree that is a bad idea.