Thousands of pro-life activists are gathering today at the National Mall for the 45th annual rally known as the March for Life.
But this year's march won't be like those of the past as attendees hear from President Trump, the first sitting US president to address the crowd.
Previous Republican presidents, including Reagan and Bush, spoke to the marchers by phone. Last year, however, Vice President Mike Pence became the high-ranking official to speak in-person at the march.
And today, Trump will speak to the crowd in a more personal way than a simple telephone call. President Trump is scheduled to speak live via satellite from the White House Rose Garden right before marchers begin their walk through the nation's capital in order to protest the widespread legalization of abortion.
In order to speak about the importance of the march, Mike Pence wrote an op-ed on the pages of the National Review.
"This year, President Trump will personally address the March for Life from the Rose Garden of the White House – something no president has ever done," writes Mike Pence in the National Review. "It is fitting that he is the first to take such a historic step, because since the outset of this administration, we’ve taken historic action to protect the most vulnerable in our society."
The crowd will be more than 100,000, making it the world's largest pro-life demonstration this year, according to Fox News. And the theme, "Love Saves Lives," reminds the world that the pro-life position not only gets a helping hand from science but also from a deep respect for human life and a compassion for those who are helpless.
“Life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life begins, more and more, every day," said Mike Pence at least year's March For Life.
Indeed, with recent advances in technology and science, it is difficult to fathom this not having an impact on the abortion debate.
NPR News writes that both Trump and Pence have successfully allied themselves with social conservatives, especially those who identify as pro-life. Throughout his campaign and first year in office, Trump has made several bold moves that signal a willingness to govern for the benefit of social conservatives and the pro-life movement.
This has included a series of executives orders, appointees and nominations to the courts, and most notably the famous nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. In fact, just yesterday it was announced that healthcare workers who want to refuse abortion treatment because of religious or moral beliefs will now receive new legal protections.
In one of his first acts in office, President Trump broadened the Mexico City policy to prevent American aid from going to organizations that promote or perform abortions. He also stopped funding for the US Population Fund so that American taxpayers won't have to support abortion in countries like China.
Today's march falls on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized a legal right to abortion.
According to Pence, today's march sends a strong message about the strength of the pro-life movement. In fact, tens of thousands of Americans will travel today to Washington, D.C., and they come from all walks of life. They represent Americans of every age, political party, background, class, gender, and race. And although a prominent number of them are Christians, the crowd will also represent a diversity of religious thought as well.
"With the courage of all who march on this day, with the leadership of President Donald Trump in the White House, and with the guidance and grace of God above, I know that we will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law – for ourselves, and our posterity," writes Pence.
In recent news, the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympian criticized Mike Pence in a recent interview.