Vice President Mike Pence fired up the crowd at Friday’s March for Life in Washington, telling the pro-life throng their movement is succeeding.
“Life is winning in America and today is a celebration in that progress,” Pence said at the Washington Monument, before the march stepped off just after noon. “We’ve come to a historic moment in the cause of life and we must approach it with with compassion for every American. Life is winning in America because of you.
“Let this movement be known for love,” he added to thunderous applause. “Not anger. For compassion. Not confrontation.”
The 43rd annual event was the third major event in the nation’s capital this week, and drew activists from around the country. There was no immediate estimate of the crowd size.
In addition to Pence, speakers included key adviser to President Trump Kellyanne Conway, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and others.
Washington already hosted two major events in the last week that have generated debate over crowd sizes, the inauguration of President Trump one week ago and the “Women’s March on Washington” a day later. Both drew enormous crowds and were, for the most part, orderly. But Trump’s team got into a battle with much of the media over the size of his event’s crowd, and estimates for the women’s march varied, with some topping 1 million.
The first March for Life drew an estimated 20,000 people, but in recent years, the event has exploded. An estimated 650,000 attended the 2013 event, although last year, a blizzard dumped two feet of snow on Washington and the crowd was much smaller.
Pence was the first vice president or president ever to speak at the March for Life.