President Trump will make history as the first president to appear in-person and address the March for Life, the major Washington, D.C. pro-life rally that attracts hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters each year.
The pro-life rally occurs on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that bars states from banning abortion.
In 2017, Mike Pence became the first sitting vice president to attend the event, and the next year, President Trump became the first president to address the rally by video.
According to the New York Times:
No president has personally attended the march in its 47-year history. Past Republican presidents might have been inclined to attend, but either on the advice of staff or their own instincts saw it as a step too far and instead showed their support in less visible ways, like through remote messages or by meeting with activists.
March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said to Fox News:
"We are deeply honored to welcome President Trump to the 47th annual March for Life. He will be the first president in history to attend and we are so excited for him to experience in person how passionate our marchers are about life and protecting the unborn.
From the appointment of pro-life judges and federal workers, to cutting taxpayer funding for abortions here and abroad, to calling for an end to late-term abortions, President Trump and his Administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering. We are grateful for all these pro-life accomplishments and look forward to gaining more victories for life in the future."
? Trump's in-person appearance is significant for a number of reasons, among them being that it will bring more attention to the yearly anti-abortion protest, which, despite its size and consistency, the mainstream media has historically been loath to cover.