tv Public Officials Address March for Life Rally CSPAN January 27, 2017 8:00pm-9:37pm EST
for five years we have traveled to u.s. cities reading the book seem to our viewers. you can watch more of our visits at c-span.org/cities tour. earlier today, thousands gathered in washington, d.c. for the annual march for life. we will have that next on c-span. after that, paul ryan talking about the congressional agenda and for republicans in the days ahead. and later, a look at president trump's first week in office with daily beast correspondent elenor clift. pro-life supporters were in washington for the annual march began 44an event that years ago to coincide with the anniversary of the supreme court wade.on roe v. attending the march, kellyanne conway, members of congress and
the vice president mike pence the highest-ranking official to speak at the event. this is just under two hours. patrick kelly: good afternoon, pro-life america. [cheers] patrick kelly: my name is patrick kelly, and i am honored to chair on the board for the march for life. on behalf of the board and the whole march for life team, i would like to look at you to the 44th march for life, the largest annual civil rights demonstration in the world. [cheers]
patrick kelly: before we begin, let us honor america with the singing of our national anthem. performed today by a student from bishop o'connell high school in arlington, virginia. jessica. >> ♪ oh say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched
patrick kelly: thank you, jessica. i would now like to welcome the american heritage girls, troop 1381 from alexandria virginia who will lead us in the pledge of allegiance. [cheers] the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands one nation, under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all. [cheers] patrick kelly: thank you, american heritage girls. ok, we got to do this. a prayer? ok. ok. ok. all right, we have a very special guest here. i introduce jeannie mancini, president of the march for life. [cheers]
[applause] jeannie mancini: i can't tell you how incredible it is to see you all out there, welcome. i will introduce you to another special person right now, kellyanne conway. [cheers] jeannie mancini: is no stranger to anyone of you. she is one of us. she has been marching for life for many, many years. kellyanne is a role model to women. she helped elect our new president of the united states of america. [cheers] jeannie mancini: but kellyanne will be the first to tell you that her first role is that of wife and mom. [cheers]
jeannie mancini: i welcome to the stage i think here pretty soon kellyanne conway. [cheers] [applause] [chanting kellyanne] jeannie mancini: here is what we are going to do to welcome her even better. i say pro, you say -- >> life. jeannie mancini: pro -- >> life. jeannie mancini: pro -- >> life. jeannie mancini: pro -- >> life. jeannie mancini: all right, awesome. [cheers] jeannie mancini: and now one more chant. we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation.
we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation. [cheers] [applause] kellyanne conway: good afternoon, march for life. [cheers] kellyanne conway: i am kellyanne conway. [cheers] kellyanne conway: i am a wife, a mother, a catholic -- [applause] kellyanne conway: counselor to the president of the united states of america -- [cheers] kellyanne conway: and yes, i am pro-life. [cheers] kellyanne conway: it is such an
honor to stand with the vice president of the united states -- [cheers] kellyanne conway: and with so many leaders, families, and students from places near and far to defend the unborn. [cheers] kellyanne conway: your courage, your conviction, your resolve, and your faith are impressive. and consequential. this is a new day, a new dawn for life. [cheers] kellyanne conway: why are we here? what does it mean to stand together to be part of this incredible movement? to face criticism, ridicule, laws and lawmakers that diminish and erode our most basic rights and the bedrock of our society? it means to protect and to promote the most precious gift
in the world, the gift of life. [cheers] kellyanne conway: it means to stand up, stand tall, and stand together against the indifference and the indefensible and to stand up, stand tall and the stand on behalf of these in the womb. [cheers] kellyanne conway: it is no coincidence that the first statement in the declaration of independence is the right to life. [cheers] kellyanne conway: it is a right. it is not a privilege. it is not a choice. it is god-given. [cheers] kellyanne conway: it is unique,
and it is beautiful. this dismissive notion of out of sight, out of mind is over. [cheers] kellyanne conway: science and medicine have joined religious equality in causing many americans to rethink just how fragile and how triumphant human life truly is. look at a sonogram, meet a thriving toddler who was born at 24 weeks, and who, with proper medical intervention, goes on to have a long and healthy life. speak to the men and women who have faced challenges becoming and remaining pregnant, and then welcomed the miracle. talk to the couples that shows adoption, not abortion was the best choice.
[cheers] kellyanne conway: every day is a fight for life, yet today is also a celebration of life. it is a time to lift your voices and lift your spirits. step away from here -- steps away from here, a president and a vice presidents sit at their desks and make decisions for the nation. as they sit there, they stand here with you. [cheers] kellyanne conway: their impassioned defenses of life as presidential candidates showed a nation that courage and commitment can overcome indifference and insults. and their decisive actions as president and vice president will further this conversation and this cause.
[cheers] kellyanne conway: this is a time of incredible promise for the pro-life, pro-adoption movement. our message and our positive action should get out to the women facing this crisis. they should know they are not alone. [cheers] kellyanne conway: they are not judged. they too are protected and cared for and celebrated. [cheers] kellyanne conway: so to the march for life 2017, let me make it very clear. we hear you. we see you. we respect you. and we look forward to working with you. [cheers] kellyanne conway: and, yes, we walk, we march, we run, and we
endeavor forward with you. god bless you, and god bless the united states of america. [applause] [cheers] jeannie mancini: thank you, kellyanne. thank you. i have another introduction. mrs. karen ence is the second lady of the united states of america and wife to vice president mike pence. she has devoted 25 years in the classroom as an elementary schoolteacher, and as second lady, she will bring attention to our children in art therapy programs. i bring to the stage mrs. karen pence. [cheers] karen pence: thank you.
thank you so much. [chanting usa] thank you so much. thank you, jeannie, for that introduction. you know, this is not our first march for life. [cheers] karen pence: but it is the warmest. [laughter] karen pence: our family has been to many marches for life over the past 16 years. my job today is to introduce my husband of 31 years. [cheers] karen pence: and very short and
and thank you on behalf of all of you, from president trump. [cheers] mike pence: my wife karen, our daughter charlotte, i would like to welcome you all to washington dc for the 44th annual march for life. [cheers] mike pence: it's a good day. it is the best day i have ever seen for the march for life in more ways than one. i am deeply humbled stand before you today, deeply humbled to be the first vice president of the united states to ever have the privilege to attend. [cheers] mike pence: more than 240 years
ago, our founders wrote words that echoed through the ages. they declare that these truths are self-evident, that we are all of us endowed by our creator -- [cheers] mike pence: -- with certain unalienable rights and then among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. [cheers] mike pence: 44 years ago, our supreme court turned away from the first of these timeless ideals. but today, three generations hence, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in america. [cheers]
mike pence: that is evident in the election of pro-life majorities, in the congress of the united states of america. but it is no more evident in any way than in the historic election of a president, who stands for a stronger america, a more prosperous america, and a president who i say proudly stands for the right to life, president donald trump. [cheers] mike pence: president trump asked me to be here with you today. he asked me to thank you for your support, for your stand for life, and for your compassion for the women and children of america.
[cheers] mike pence: one week ago today on the steps of the capital, we saw the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states. [cheers] mike pence: and i can tell you firsthand, our president is a man with broad shoulders and a big heart. his vision, his energy, his optimism is boundless and i know he will make america great again. [cheers] mike pence: from his first day in office, he has been keeping his promises to the american people. i like to say over there at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, we are in the promise keeping business. [cheers]
mike pence: that is why on monday, president trump reinstated the mexico city policy to prevent foreign aid from funding organizations that promote or perform abortions worldwide. [cheers] mike pence: that's why this administration will work with the congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers. and we will devote those resources to health care services for women across america. [cheers] mike pence: and that is why next week, president donald trump will announce a supreme court nominee who will uphold the god-given liberties enshrined in our constitution. in the tradition of the late and great justice antonin scalia. [cheers] mike pence: you know, life is
winning in america. [cheers] mike pence: and today is a celebration in this progress. the progress that we have made in this cause. you know, i have long believed that a society can be judged by how we care for our most vulnerable. the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn. [cheers] mike pence: we have come to a historic moment in the cause for life. and we must meet this moment with respect and compassion for every american. [cheers] mike pence: life is winning in america for many reasons. life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life begins more and more every day. life is winning through the
generosity of millions of adoptive families who opened their hearts and homes to children in need. [cheers] mike pence: life, through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations that administer to women in cities and towns across this country. life is winning through the quiet councils between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, between friends across kitchen tables and over coffee at college campuses. the truth is being told, compassion is overcoming convenience, and hope is defeating despair. [cheers] mike pence: in a word, life is winning in america because of all of you.
so i urge you to press on, but as it is written, let your gentleness be evident to all. [cheers] mike pence: let this movement be known for love, not anger. [cheers] mike pence: let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation. when it comes to matters of the heart, there is nothing stronger than gentleness. i believe we will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation. if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children, and if we each of us do all we can to meet them where they are with generosity, not
judgment. [cheers] mike pence: to heal our land and restore our cultural blights, we -- restore a culture of life, we must continue to be a movement that embraces all, cares for all, and shows respect and dignity for the worth of every person. enshrined on the walls of the jefferson memorial are the words of our third president who admonished us so long ago to remember that god, who gave us life, gave us liberty. [cheers] mike pence: on behalf of the president of the united states and my little family, we thank you for your stand for life. we thank you for your
compassion. we thank you for your love of the women and children of america. be assured, be assured along with you we will not grow weary. we will not rest until we restore a culture of life in america for ourselves and our prosperity. -- and our posterity. thank you and god bless you and god bless the united states of america. [applause] >> [chanting "usa"] [cheers]
>> thank you, mr. vice president. are we glad he took the time to come here today? let's hear it for vice president pence. well, each year, we are very grateful for the collaborative witness of the orthodox and catholic bishops and opening our rally in prayer. this year, his eminence, cardinal dolan, the chairman of the u.s. bishops committee on pro-life activities and the archbishop of new york will offer the opening prayer. with him, we also welcome
representatives of the roman catholic bishops of the united states and the conference of oriental orthodox bishops. [cheers] >> how about another chant? we have a few logistical duties back here with the secret service and other things. pro- >> life. >> pro- >> life. >> pro- >> life. >> pro- >> life. >> pro- >> life. we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation.
we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation. we are the pro-life generation. >> ok, let's give it up for cardinal dolan. he should be coming up in just a minute now. isn't that amazing that the vice president of the united states addressed the march for life? [cheers] [applause]
>> you know, it is the first time in the history of the march for life that we have had a vice president address us. >> god is good. >> god is good. >> so backstage we are frozen pending the departure of the vice president, but very soon, i would say in 30 seconds, we will have cardinal dolan here. [cheers] >> 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 -- >> 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
cardinal dolan. [cheers] [applause] cardinal dolan: let us pray. we praise you god and father of us all, sovereign of all life, for assembling us to proclaim the dignity that each human person and the sacredness of all human life, thank you heavenly father for the gift of a nation where life itself is considered an inalienable right and where the dignity of each human person is a self-evident truth. our prayers are the more fervent
as they rise from christians, catholics, orthodox, people of all faiths in this one nation under god. our supplication this afternoon is the more hopeful as we rejoice in the solidarity of hundreds of thousands who believe so ardently in the civil right of the innocent baby in the womb deserving full protection of the law and the right to life. our praise and intercession is powerful as we make it in the most holy name of jesus, the son of god incarnate in the womb of his blessed mother, our savior who reveals himself as the way, the truth, and the light. who lives and reigns forever and ever. amen. [cheers]
[applause] [laughter] [cheers] [applause] >> thank you, cardinal dolan. the theme of this year's march for life is the power of one. throughout our history, we see that the voice, the action, and the conviction of a single person can have a tremendous impact. consider congressman henry hyde, who stood against a sea of opposition 40 years ago to pass the hyde amendment to ensure that taxpayer dollars would not pay for abortion. [cheers]
[applause] >> consider susan b. anthony, an abolitionist and leader of the woman suffrage movement, who spoke out strongly against abortion and the ultimate -- as the ultimate exploitation of women. [cheers] [applause] >> and consider dr. martin luther king jr., who wrote so movingly about unjust laws from his birmingham jail cell, and who by the power of his witness changed the course of human history. and now, consider yourself, each of you has the power to make a difference in your schools, in your families, and with your friends. my challenge to you today is to use the power of your influence to stand up for the unborn.
to give a voice to the voiceless, and to build a culture of life and all the ways that you can. if you do this, you will be amazed at what the power of one can do. i am very excited now to introduce to you someone who has used all her talents to make an enormous difference. she is one of the great leaders of our movement, fellow pro-lifers, welcome again to the podium the president for the march of life jeanne mancini. [applause] ms. mancini: it is such an honor to be here with you all today. welcome to the 44th annual march
for life. yes, we are 44 years strong. [cheers and applause] year after year every january, we travel across this great country to give voice to those who don't have one, the unborn. who was here last year? raise your hand. we are here in blizzards, subzero temperatures, rain, sleet, snow, we are here, but we are here because we know that abortion is the human rights abuse of today. [applause] mancini: you know what? there has been a lot of talk about numbers this past week. the women's marchers talked about numbers and facebook, and people keep asking me,
journalists keep asking me, what are the numbers for the march for life? well, it is hard to add up so many numbers after 44 years. there have been a lot of us. [applause] but, that isn't really the point. the only number i care about, and the number all of us care about, is 58 million. since 1973, 58 million americans have been lost to abortion. we stand here for them today. we stand for the innocent children who have lost their lives, and we stand for their mothers who regret being involved in abortion. [applause] ms. mancini: and speaking of mothers, i would
like for a minute to address the women that are here in the audience and the women who are watching on tv. pro-life is pro-women. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: that voice might have been shut out last week, but pro-life is pro-woman. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: in the words of one of my heroes, saint teresa of calcutta, better known as mother teresa, abortion is profoundly anti-woman. abortion does not empower women. choosing life empowers women. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: many women have chosen to be birth mothers. they have chosen adoption for their children, and i know there are many adopted families here and watching from home, and they
have been blessed by those noble and courageous birth mothers. [applause] but unfortunately, while there are almost one million abortions in our country every single year, there are only 22,000 infant adoptions. that is a problem. we need to do something about that, and we will continue working to that. choosing life, choosing adoption. it is noble and heroic, and the life these women choose to give has the power to change a family's life, the power to change the world. did you know that steve jobs, the founder of apple, was adopted? [applause] ms. mancini can you imagine how : different our lives would be if we did not have our iphones? speaking of iphones, can you all take out your iphone for a minute? everybody take out their iphone.
sometimes the media does not always record how many people are here for the march of life. i would like everyone to take a selfie with the crowds, and post it on facebook, twitter, and use the #whywemarch. nice, and now i would like to give a shout out to the young people here today. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: i want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. you give me hope. you are the pro-life generation, and i believe you are the generation that will bring an end to abortion. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: your joy, your love, your enthusiasm are exactly what our world needs. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: you know the theme of the march for life this year is the power of one, even the smallest person can change the
course of history. every single one of you has the potential to change the course of history. in fact, you are doing that by being here today. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: each and every one of you has been gifted with a particular mission of calling to help build a culture of life and of passion to set this world ablaze. we need you. our culture needs you. and we have an incredible lineup here today, and i know you guys are probably ready to hear from a few more and then get marching, right? [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: but before that, i want to show you a commercial that the march for life released this year. we did a wonderful commercial leading up to be a lesson -- the election, leading up to the fact that we are winning the hearts and minds of america. there is a pro-life consensus that exists among americans. we are happy to share with you today that very simple message
that we all know, pro-life is the new normal. [cheers] [applause] [video clip] >> consensus. >> abortion should have real legal limits. >> even six out of 10 pro-choice americans agree that abortion should only happen in the first three months of pregnancy. >> atlas. >> that is consensus. >> but it is not the law. >> why? >> why? >> politicians. >> many of them want abortion legal right up until birth. >> right up until birth. >> these pro-choice politicians listen to them, not us. >> not us. >> not us. >> now they want us to pay for abortion, our tax dollars. >> almost two thirds of us, no way. it is time for this extremism to end. >> it's time for our voices to
be heard. >> it is time for politicians to stop working for the pro-abortion lobby and join the national consensus. [cheers] [applause] >> awesome. ms. mancini: i am very happy to welcome to the stage many of the pro-life members of congress who are fighting every day for our culture of life. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini each of these : legislators knows the true power of one person to make a difference. time alone prevents us from listening to each and every one of these courageous leaders, however, we will introduce you to each of them, but first i will introduce a friend, the cochairman of the bipartisan congressional pro-life caucus for some remarks. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you. i am joined by my dear wife marie and our youngest daughter. when mike pence's car pulled up,
and especially when he was speaking, my wife turned to me and said, 'this is truly historic.' this is the turning point of the right to life movement. [cheers] [applause] >> ex-president barack obama, the abortion president, did serious harm, but no human rights abuse need be forever. you and i are part of the greatest human rights struggle on earth, and you are -- we are backed by a team of lawmakers. i have been in congress since 1981. they are the most effective, articulate, and compassionate members of congress that we have ever seen, and i want to please give them a round of applause. [cheers] [applause] it is all about teamwork. >> we are very and profoundly grateful that president trump
and vice president pence are already a accomplishing amazing things, including reinstatement and expansion of the mexico city policy, which was first put into place by president reagan and 1984. -- in 1984. however, the new trump human rights policy will protect more babies from abortion, so thank you president trump for that leadership. [cheers] [applause] >> growing numbers of americans are indeed shocked to learn that abortion includes dismemberment of a child's body or the literal starvation. i ask the press, please, tell the truth about the deed of abortion and what it does to babies and what it does to the mothers. [cheers] [applause] >> this week, under the extraordinary leadership of paul ryan and the republican leadership in the house, hr-7
was passed. every member here sponsor that legislation that will end the taxpayer funding for abortion and makes the hyde amendment permanent. [cheers] [applause] >> the hyde amendment has saved two million babies lives. the empirical data is clear. so what you have done all these years has made an enormous difference. finally, next up will be legislation to protect babies pain capable unborn babies sponsored by -- of arizona and then defunding of planned parenthood. [cheers] [applause] >> planned parenthood destroys an unborn child every two minutes and has killed over seven million babies since 1973.
that is more than all the people living in the state of massachusetts. undercover videos have expose planned parenthood leaders gleefully talking about procuring baby parts, but also enabling child sex trafficking and the discriminatory practice of sex election abortion, the most dangerous place in the world today for a child today is a planned parenthood clinic. someday future generations will , look back and wonder how and why such a society could have permitted the extermination by a abortion of over 60 million babies, but history and the survivors will note that you stood your ground, you pushed back, and you endured any and every sacrifice, any and every smear, so that the least of these might live. thank you. god bless you. [cheers] [applause]
>> next, please welcome congresswoman be a love -- love from the stage -- to the stage from utah. >> 41 years ago, a struggling couple arrived in america. they left their country, entrusted their two children that they would not see for another five years in the care of family members to come here to the land of opportunity. , it was inconvenient for them to find out they were pregnant with their third because both had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. some would say it would have been easier to have an abortion, but this couple had to make a difficult choice, protect the life of their child or always wonder what might have been.
of all the sad words of the tongue or the pen, the saddest are these, it might have been. each child born and unborn has the potential to open up our world and take us to places and spaces we have never imagined. [cheers] [applause] >> each living child carries with him or her the potential for greatness. a child born today may become a doctor that cures cancer or alzheimer's. that child may be the after not -- astronaut that takes the world to mars or leads a global business. that child may become a friend that saves a peer from suicide or strengthens her family and neighbor that volunteers and eradicates hunger, or a teacher who inspires a struggling
student. every time we kill a child through abortion we kill our potential. [cheers] [applause] >> every time we kill a child, we suffer. we lose a little of ourselves and a whole lot of our future. we strip of a child from their god-given potential when we as a society accept abortion as health care. [cheers] [applause] >> my fellow americans, we cannot accept what might happen. we won't know what might have been if we allow under organization to convince our pregnant women that they have no choice but to abort the potential within them. [cheers] [applause]
we cannot accept what might have been. we will not know what might have been when an organization -- so -- limits a woman from being empowered so they can profit. they prefer for women to be victims because they know that a truly empowered woman profits herself, her community, and everyone she touches. we cannot accept what might have been. [cheers] [applause] >> when those organizations that profit allow our children in the inner cities to feel that they can only be empowered with a life by ending a life, no, we will not accept that. [applause] [cheers] >> instead of listening to the haunting refrains of what might have been, we must instead focus on what is to come.
[applause] induring the other march washington last week, i saw the picture of a black teenage girl in the crowd who was holding a sign that said i survived roe v wade. [applause] >> that woman beat the odds and was born into a world that far too often would see the abortion of a black girl rather than the life of a black girl. she could not become part of what might have been, but today is part of what is and what might come. [applause] >> i can't wait to see what she and thousands like her become in the years ahead. she may be our astronaut or did -- maybe that doctor that cures cancer. she may be a mother, a teacher, a daughter, and a friend. she represents what is to come. [cheers] [applause]
>> 41 years ago, that couple from haiti could have made the choice to abort, but they didn't. they chose life. they did not choose what might have been. they chose what is to come. they went and followed and fostered that light and the future and the dreams that baby would bring. i am certain this couple would never have thought that that child would become the first black female republican ever elected to congress. [cheers] [applause] thank you >> thank you --
>> more than that -- [laughter] [cheers] [applause] >> more than that, they would never have dreamed that she would grow up to fight for all children and those yet to be born. we all have talents. we all have gifts. we all have a purpose. and all of this for the benefit of us and our society, all we are asking is that we no longer settle for what might have been. we embrace the possibilities of that life to come. they will dream. they will create. they will add the colors to the fabric of our lives. may god bless our women that are struggling with unplanned
pregnancies, may we love them, may we embrace them, and may we help them discover their power, their potential, but may we never, ever allow our funds to pay for the death of young children. [cheers] [applause] >> may god spare them. may god bless you for being here today, and may god bless our pro-life united states of america. [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini wow. : talk about the power of one, right? [cheers] [applause] ms. mancini: i would like to welcome to the stage senator joni ernst of iowa. [applause]
>> oh, god bless you all. thank you so much. thanks for being here, and what i am wishing today above all else, what i am wishing for all americans, whether they are born or unborn, is that they know peace, that they know love, and that all might be touched by the grace of god. thank you all. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you for being here and standing up for life. this is important to we know how important it is. back in 2015, i introduced a measure to redirect federal dollars for women's health care away from planned parenthood -- [cheers] [applause] >> yes, thank you, and give that money to places like community health centers which provide
greater health care services regardless of a person's ability to pay. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you. because as we all know, planned parenthood is the nation's single largest provider of abortion. thanks to the help and support of all of you, we saw a bipartisan, let me stress, bipartisan majority support my measure, and ultimately, we sent it to the president's desk. [cheers] [applause] >> but unfortunately, folks, back then, we did not have a president that respected life, and he stopped us. [booing]
>> thankfully, thankfully -- [cheers] [applause] >> today is a different story because today, as you heard vice president pence, we have a pro-life president. [cheers] [applause] >> we must keep fighting for those who are unable to protect themselves, so i am thrilled to announce today that this coming monday, i will reintroduce that critical legislation to redirect planned parenthood funding -- [cheers] [applause] >> we will redirect planned parenthood funding to other eligible women's health care providers. [cheers] [applause] >> i am also going to introduce
a bill monday to stop what some have referred to as president obama's last gift to planned parenthood, title 10. representative diane black is joining me in this effort that would scrap the obama administration's 11th hour rule that entrenches federal family funding for planned parenthood. folks, we are going to stop it. [applause] [cheers] >> we as a pro-life community honor the civil liberties independent and strength of a woman, all women. and that means, and that means both supporting mothers and protecting the most vulnerable in our society, the innocent
babies who are unable to defend themselves. [cheers] [applause] >> as a mother, as a grandmother, and as a woman, thank you for joining me today, and standing up and marching for life. god bless you all. [cheers] [applause] >> god bless you all, and again, i want to say, thank you, god, for giving us this day. thank you all for being here. and again, we wish all americans peace, love, and that they will be touched by the grace of god. god bless the united states of america. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you. thank you, senator. i just deeply want to thank all of the members of congress that
are here today. as you can see, it is a very extensive bunch. we will not be able to run through all of the names, and i am very sorry about that right now, but i cannot thank you enough from the depths of my heart. they are fighting for you day in and day out. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you very, very much. now more than average, it is important our lawmakers hear from pro-life americans, especially young people, so what i'm going to do right now is take those iphones out again, grab your iphones, take them out, ok. thank you. [cheers] [applause] >> ok, so i want you all to take
out your iphones right now and send a text message to the number 99000. that is 99000. the keyword is march for life. 99000, it is up on the jumbotron there if you're not following me, then you type march4life. you will receive a message that gives you tools to interact with your members of congress to talk to them about pro-life legislation day in and day out. go ahead. do it right now. thanks very much. [cheers] [applause]
>> i am grateful for the witness of our next speaker and ask that you join me in welcoming abby johnson, the founder of and then there were none and a former planned parenthood clinic director who is here to share her story. [cheers] [applause] >> hello, pro-life america. [cheers] [applause] >> i am so proud to be standing with you all today. it is such an exciting time in the pro-life movement. i believe we are just a short time away from defunding our country's largest abortion provider am a planned parenthood. [cheers] [applause] >> and i believe that in the next four years, we will see the end of roe v wade. [cheers] [applause] >> i stand in front of you today, a woman who spent eight years of her life working and running a planned parenthood
facility, but because of the power of conversion, because of the power of christ, i stand in front of you as a woman who has been redeemed from her past. [cheers] [applause] >> and today, thankfully, i do not stand alone. our ministry, and then there are none, has 12 former abortion clinic workers with us today. [cheers] [applause] >> the best news is that is just a small percentage of the amount of women and men and we have been able to get out of the grips of the abortion industry. in the past four years, we have helped 330 abortion clinic workers leave the industry. [cheers] [applause] >> oh, yeah. they are here. i thought i was going to be a
-- up here alone and here they are. sorry, that threw me off track. ok. another great celebration to our ministry is that we have had seven full-time abortion doctors leave their practice in the abortion industry. [cheers] [applause] >> this year, we are talking about the power of one. almost every woman standing here with me today was touched by one person. for one client, it was one person who slipped our website underneath her windshield wiper. for another client, it was a young man who reached out to her and shared about our ministry. [applause] >> for me, it was a 13 week old baby in the womb that change my life. one person, you, can change the course of another persons life. now is the time to be
unabashedly pro-life, to be bold in our defense of the unborn and their mothers. through the power of all of us, we will not only work to make abortion illegal, but we will see a day where abortion is truly unthinkable in this country. [cheers] [applause] >> and i am so proud to show you quitters of the abortion industry up here with me today. [cheers] [applause] >> we are proud to stand alongside of you in this fight. god bless you all. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you, abby, another power of one story, huh? next i am excited to introduce
you to eric. he is hilarious, incredibly smart, and one of the best leaders of this movement in my humble opinion. please join me and welcoming to the stage eric --. [cheers] [applause] >> live from d.c., it is the march for life. praise god. jesus is lord. abc news, are you covering that? [cheers] [applause] >> abc news, are you covering this? [cheers] [applause] >> you want to see the women of america? here they are. [cheers] [applause] >> this is the inclusive march, where as long as you are alive
and a human being, you are welcome at this march. i think we have all heard of fake news, right? well, here is an announcement that you can tweet out, roe v wade is fake law. [cheers] [applause] >> in the words of reagan, to paraphrase the great pro-life president, let me say to the chief justice of the supreme court, justice roberts, tear down this law. [cheers] [applause] >> dietrich -- said abortion is murder. he also said we have to have compassion on those who have been driven to make this tragic choice. we are all sinners.
we all need the forgiveness of the god of the bible, and we pray that this message of love and forgiveness will get out to the women of america that the god of the bible and everyone who follows him loves those women who wants to extend the love of jesus to those women. abc news, are you covering this? [cheers] [applause] >> the media in america has not told the other side of the story, that women have in thick -- been the victims of abortion and that abortion hurts women. [applause] will abc news cover the fact that many women are bullied into making this choice of by men in their lives, and it is not their choice. if they had a real choice they, they would never make this choice. [applause] >> and also, i have a question,
if the dna of the baby in the womb is different than the dna of the mother, how can it be the mother's body we are talking about? [cheers] [applause] >> here is something else for twitter, roe v wade is anti-science. [cheers] [applause] >> the science today, more and more and more and more, and that's why there are so many young people here today, says that is a person in the womb. we need to get real and stop pretending that it is anything but that. [cheers] [applause] >> now i have a final statement, i want to say this, yes, i am outraged. yes, i have not thought a lot about blowing up madonna's house. [applause] and the reason i have not
thought a lot about blowing up madonna's house is because the lord i follow commands me to love my enemies. [cheers] [applause] >> i and many of us here are jesus freaks. we obey the lord of life. [applause] and when jesus told us to pray for our enemies, we are crazy. we do it. [cheers] [applause] >> and i would like you to join me right now in praying for madonna. madonna, jesus loves you, and we are going to pray that his love be revealed to you and everybody that was at the women's march. let us pray for madonna right now. father god in the mighty name of jesus, we lift up your daughter madonna and ask you lord to show you her love, show her that you love her, that you are with her, and that you want her to know
you personally. we pray for katie couric. we pray for all the women who were at that march, that they would know you love them and that we hear love them in the name of jesus. amen. god bless you. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you, eric. ok, i have to tell you that when we send a surveys out after the march for life asking who was your favorite speaker, they always pick the student speaker, because he is one of you. so, you are the pro-life generation. i'm happy to introduce you to our next to speaker, who is truly one of you. katrina gaelic is from the university of mary in bismarck , north dakota, and the university brought 11 buses out here, drove 27 hours, and katrina will talk to you are about witnessing for life in the
blizzard of 2016. katrina gaelic. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you all so much. when i was born, my parents named me katrina gallic. i am a proud senior in bismarck, north dakota. the university of mary is so honored to be chosen to lead this year's march for life here life. last year, despite an impending blizzard, hundreds and thousands of us still came to the march for life, and god gave us the opportunity to continue to witness to our love of babies as we sat stranded on the pennsylvania turnpike for more than 20 hours. each of us was there to sacrifice, to be a joyful witness to life, to have the courage to make a difference.
last year, since roe v wade more than 58 million innocent human beings have had their life taken by abortion, a third of our generation, our classmates, our teammates, and our friends are missing from our lives directly because of abortion. their body parts sold. their rights disregarded. and if this one deathblow was not enough, women of my generation are now the largest market for abortion providers like planned parenthood, and so i say, youth of america, fellow college students, this is not someone else's problem. indifference is not an option. ending abortion is our responsibility. [cheers] [applause] >> and we stand on the shoulders
of giants, generations of past pro-life leaders, we are positioned by providence and buy -- by history to in the scourge of abortion in our nation. [cheers] [applause] >> now more than ever, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard, fighting ridiculously -- relentlessly for the lives of our brothers and sisters regardless of the sacrifices required. as we march today, let us keep in mind that ours is a movement from inside out. our battle does not start in a court room. our battle does not begin on college campuses or classrooms. our battle begins where we have the most influence, within our own hearts. the pro-life battle begins with the daily decision to live by the truth, that every life in every stage is beautiful,
dignified, and the man's our -- demands our love and our protection. [cheers] [applause] >> there will be times when we are ridiculed and rejected for standing for life, then we should never -- we will remember what our eyes behold on this day. everywhere i look on this january morning, i see women and men who despite criticism and hardship have dedicated their lives to the struggle for truth and for justice in the united states. [cheers] [applause] >> like them, we can stare into the face of this injustice and have hope, for we know we fight for the truth. we have deep joy, for we know that through christ the final victory has already been won for us. [cheers] [applause]
>> it is an honor to march with you all today. my friends and i at the university of mary, young people from sea to shining sea, the pro-life generation. [cheers] [applause] >> we all look forward to the day when we will return to our nation's capital, not to march against the evil and injustice of abortion, but to celebrate the victory of a new culture of life. [cheers] [applause] >> god bless you all. [cheers] [applause] >> thank you. ok, we are coming close to the end, guys. stay with us. i can see you are getting called out there.cold our next speaker has shown the power of one as an actress in mexico, and she also last year wrote, directed, and appeared in a life-affirming film called the true meaning of love.
please welcome to the stage karime lizano. [cheers] [applause] >> hi. good morning. [speaking in spanish] thank you for the gracious invitation to speak your today and the amazing work you do. it is truly an honor to be here. i have been an actor for over 20 years, and as an artist, kept feeling of life to myself, but became pro-life when my father was diagnosed of cancer and doctors propose to quicken his death through euthanasia. from this, i begin to realize -- especially the unborn, and became active in pro-life ministry. i encourage you to remain diligent in your fight to protect the unborn. as a latina, i have witnessed the assault on abortion
targeting minorities and urged everyone, especially my latino brothers and sisters to defend life. i was a single mother -- latinos for life. i love your energy. [cheers] [applause] >> i was a single mother, and no, it is not easy, but the sacrifices we make have profound affect on children and society. as mother teresa said, we cannot have peace and our society if we do not protect the unborn. i encourage everyone, especially latinos, to encourage our values. as the fastest growing population in the u.s., together we have the opportunity to end abortion in this country. don't forget, when we are loyal to god above all else, he will pour countless blessings on to us. amen. [cheers] [applause] >> the lord inspired me to create a pro-life short film that was just mentioned and it is available for free on my
each one of you are doing a great, great difference. thank you so much. [speaking spanish] latinos por vida. life.s for our voice is present. con viva christo rey! con viva christo rey! con viva christo rey! gracias. thank you. >> thank you, kerry made. may.rrie as tight end for the baltimore ravens, benjamin watson might not be your typical pro-life leader, but this incredible athlete, husband, and father is a true embodiment of the power of one. please welcome to the stage,
baltimore ravens tight end benjamin watson. [cheers] [applause] benjamin: hey, hey. are you all cold? i am too. i have the honor to be here with all of you. this is a beautiful sight to see. many people wonder why this is important to us, and i will say this. the answer is simple, because i , like you, hold life in high esteem. but even beyond that, this is because of three things i dedicated my life to. the book of jeremiah chapter nine says "best says the lord, let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, let not the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts, boast of this, that he understands and know me, that i am the lord who exercises
loving kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, because i delight in these things and declares the lord." [cheers] [applause] >> my desire is to delight in the very things my creator does. as you rally and march today, remember three things. first, the power of loving kindness, that we may comfort the men and women who made these decisions willingly or under duress. pro life will not only be a political stance or argument, but a way of life for all of us. [cheers] [applause] >> to be pro-life should be all-encompassing, from conception to the grave, standing for life includes victims of sex trafficking and abuse, the hungry, the poor, the disadvantaged as well as the elite. [cheers] [applause] >> secondly, let us remember our commitment to justice, that
those who take innocent life be held accountable and that these lives will never be forgotten under the guise of choice. [cheers] [applause] >> that we stay the course on days when the fire inside his burns, as well as when the ember flickers. in many respects, this battle may seem never ending, but never forget the goal is worth the effort. [cheers] [applause] i stand with you in defense of the voiceless, the unborn. [applause] let us remember the call to righteousness, knowing we ultimately answer to a higher calling. no matter what we had to say in the past, grace, my daughter's
sufficient to cover our many faults. we must remain convinced that truth is greater than anything. [applause] because of this, we are compelled constantly to engage our cold stir -- culture without compromise. to the men out there, are you men? [applause] >> men, is a time to be the providers and caretakers we were meant to be? [cheers] >> men, we must stand up for the lives of the innocent and their mothers. women have been in championing the cause, us men must rise up and lead the charge . [applause] >> even if it was not
demonstrated for you by a father , you can be different. we can be silent no more. [applause] out, i see a collective humanity, but i see ownviduals who have their spheres of influence. this is the power of one. it is the power of influence, to influence people in our neighborhoods, churches, and workplaces. on our teams. it is the power to unite, as we have today, as one. end themmon cause, to on thinkable practice of abortion in the united states of america. [applause] [cheers] >> thank you for marching, and again, this is a beautiful sight. god bless. [cheers] [applause]
>> ok, we are coming very close to the end. in has been amazing, hasn't it? [cheers] madee pro-life movement is up of incredibly dedicated individuals, who were they in and day out to build a closer life in the united date of america. i encourage you to do what you can to learn more about many of these organizations, by visiting -- back ator life the hotel. joining me now onstage are many individuals who represent our tremendous pro-life organizations. [applause]
>> because we are running a little late, i will not be able to run through the list of each one right now, but i cannot tell you how very grateful we are to each of these organizations appear, -- up here. take an opportunity to waive, get selfies, and all of that. [applause] and now, i have a few administrative announcements before we close. if you have any trash, please drop it in the trash can along the march past. please do not throw your trash on the ground. there were some people last weekend who made a big mess. we are pro-life 100%. second, the knights of columbus from virginia are collecting donations along constitution avenue. please be generous.
we would greatly appreciate it. finally, at the conclusion of the rally, please follow the directions of the knights of columbus marshals, and they will point you in the correct direction to participate in the 2017 march for life. there are a lot of you today, so follow their directions so that we can march up to the supreme court safely. we love you so much, thanks, guys. now, before we begin the march, please join me in welcoming to the stage a truly amazing man, bishop vincent matthews of the church of god and christ which is the largest african-american denomination in our country with over 6.5 million members. he is a father of 10 and has an amazing story and he is going to talk to you for just a minute about adoption and then he is
going to close us in prayer. we love you, god bless you! thank you for being here! >> thank you. you all look so beautiful. you ought to give yourselves a hand. yes! i'm here, i'm excited. before we pray, i'm looking forward to marching, but i stand here as three people, three individual places in my life. number one, i'm a christian. i love jesus. and the only way that we will change the slaughter, the same slaughter that sought to kill moses, the same type of slaughter that sought to kill jesus is through the power of jesus christ. [cheers] >> there are a lot of christophobic people in this nation, people who fight against the gospel. they fight against the loving where they want us to kill our children, but enough is enough. [cheers] [applause]
>> not only am i a christian, i'm a bishop in a church of god and christ. our presiding bishop, bishop charles blake, has sought to mobilize our entire domino denomination what many , people call a black chump, literallyth be active in pro life. and at the direction of our presiding bishop, charles blake, our members are lining up to adopt children of women who want to have abortions. [cheers] [applause] >> you have a choice. we will take your children. [cheers] [applause] our 12,000 churches are looking to link with pregnancy centers across the nation. please accept us as we serve you. [cheers] [applause] finally, i'm a christian, i'm a
part of the church of god and christ, but it's obvious i'm a black man. yeah. that's the elephant in the room here, youas you stand are protecting black americans and africans around the world. my people are being hunted like animals. people cry for harambe, but have no love for us as we're being killed every day. enough is enough. it's time to rise up. it's our time to save lives. [cheers] [applause] >> our lives are being snuffed out and our lives matter. i believe that even right now those lives will be born, they will be saved from the womb until the tomb. they will be saved from the private prison industrial complex and all of the other things that seek to squash us, we shall be free.
enough is enough, in jesus name. now let's go march, but before we let's say a word of prayer. march,father, in the name of jesus, we thank you. you have brought us here, black people, white people, latinos and asians. we are not separate. we are one church. we are one body, one lord, one faith, one baptism. now, speak even right thank you for such an opportunity to fight for the lives of individuals. there was a time that we were seen as less than people. the science said we were not people, but 3/5 of a person. but someone rose up then and now today we rise up now and say the demonic plot to destroy lives is over because you died that we might have life and that more abundantly. and so we ask that you mobilize
us, unify us and use us to your , glory. thank you for every speaker. thank you for all that has been said. and, father, we speak even right now, not only in america, but around the world, the slaughter shall end, that abortion will not happen anymore through our efforts. bless jeannie, bless the march for life human coalition and all others and we thank you and we give you glory in jesus' name, if you agree with that prayer, somebody shout amen. >> amen! [cheers and applause] [indistinct crowd noise]