One week ago today, I had the honor of standing on stage at the 47th annual March for Life as President Donald J. Trump addressed the massive crowd. His attendance at the rally sent cheers of joy and excitement throughout the pro-life movement.
The crowd was large enough that not everyone could see him, even from the big jumbotrons. Some towards the back of the crowd had a difficult time hearing him as even the loudspeakers couldn’t reach the entire area filled in by attendees. A friend said her group was back by the Washington Monument, almost a quarter mile from the stage, because they couldn’t get closer.
To those standing on the grounds that day, even if you didn’t see or hear everything, be assured—the president saw and heard you.
The president summarized well our belief in the value of each child, saying, “When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world.”
I spoke with a friend who volunteers at a rural pregnancy resource center. She loved the president’s speech and said, almost in wonderment, “He thanked me.” She was referring to his praise of pro-lifers, saying, “You stand for life each and every day. You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care to the women that you serve. You find loving families for children in need of a forever home. You host baby showers for expecting moms. You make –- you just make it your life’s mission to help spread God’s grace.”
President Trump was recognizing the breadth and depth of the pro-life movement; the many facets of the talented people who are fighting for the voiceless.
What struck me most from the speech was his comment, “They are coming after me because I am fighting for you and we are fighting for those who have no voice.”
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After he finished speaking, President Trump walked back and forth across the stage. There was no smugness on his face as the crowd roared approval. He was looking at the people standing before him. If I were a mind-reader, I would say he was saying to himself, “These are my people. This is why I fight.”
Pro-lifers and those who support this president are accused of idolizing, even deifying, the man. We do not. But we do recognize and appreciate that this president is working with us to protect the most innocent, vulnerable persons in the world. Showing our gratitude and appreciation for all he has done is natural, and the right thing to do.
LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.
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Author: Carol Tobias