Thousands of anti-abortion activists rallied in the U.S. capital yesterday for their annual March for Life, fired up by President Donald Trump, who cheered on their "beautiful cause" in a live address from the White House.
He spoke to activists gathered on the National Mall via video feed from the Rose Garden.
Dolan, the cardinal archbishop of NY and outgoing chair of the bishops' pro-life committee, noted a number of issues that threaten the dignity of human life and do violence to the body and soul, community and nation - including issues involving race and immigration.
Now added to the list is Trump's speech at this week's anti-abortion March for Life, during which he spoke about a awful trend sweeping the nation - babies, after nine months in the womb, being born.
The last time a similar bill passed Congress was in 2002, when then-President George W. Bush signed the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act into law. The address took place from the Rose Garden at the White House.
Among a litany of other speakers who addressed the teeming crowds, standouts included Catholic Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Speaker of the House; Pam Tebow, mother of former National Football League quarterback Tim Tebow, who refused doctors' recommendations to abort her son; and Sr.
Kicking off the event, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told the crowd that they were participating in the largest human rights demonstration in the world. 3D sonograms and other rapidly advancing medical technology show a picture vastly different from the clump of cells they'd prefer.
With abortion opponents marching in the streets of the capital, President Donald Trump's administration on Friday announced actions in line with long-standing demands from social and religious conservatives. The legislation requires health care providers to care properly for children who survive abortions. The sun was shining and the blue sky was cloudless.
"Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity", President Trump said. In addition to providing abortions, Planned Parenthood is a major source of routine medical care for women. Years ago, President Trump said he was pro-choice, but during his presidential campaign, he expressed the opinion that there has to be "some form of punishment" for people who have abortions.
But the message underscoring this year's March for Life was that this is due to change, with the day of the march marked by two pro-life wins.
"Choosing life is not always easy", organizers explained, "but it is the loving, empowering and self-sacrificial option". "And that is the right to life", said the President.
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"Your energy is so infectious", he told the crowd, praising them for being "the vigor and enthusiasm of the pro-life movement". "Because of you", he said. "Why is the pro-life movement on the rise?"
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