In a sign that the incoming Trump administration plans to speak out against abortion, top aide Kellyanne Conway plans to address the 44th Annual March for Life Jan. 27.
The march, which protests the 1973 Supreme Court abortion rights case Roe v. Wade, has been ignored for eight years by the Obama White House and rarely gets an in-person speech by even Republican administrations.
Former President Ronald Reagan sent a video and former President George W. Bush made a call to the 2008 rally.
Conway's appearance, and hopes that President-elect Trump or Vice President-elect Mike Pence might appear, have sparked excitement about the march that goes from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court, which this year could bring a record crowd.
"We are thrilled to have Kellyanne Conway speak at this year's March for Life. As the first female to run a successful presidential campaign and as a steadfast advocate for life and family issues, Kellyanne beautifully embodies the 2017 March for Life's theme, 'The Power of One'," said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life.
"Our other speakers also personify 'The Power of One' theme and show how one person has the power to change the world and saves lives," Mancini concluded. "It is our hope that this year's March for Life will encourage each of us to seek and fulfill our unique mission to the best of our ability because only in doing so we will collectively build a culture of life in the U.S. — a culture where abortion is unthinkable."
March supporters, who typically are bused in by the thousands and include teens and clergy, are expecting the new administration to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, appoint anti-abortion judges and kill Obamacare.
"A lot is brewing and the pro-life movement is fired up," a spokeswoman said.
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