This Friday, addressing the thousand of pro-life marchers in DC rallying for an end to abortion, Pence made a surprising appearance to show support for the movement. In his speech to the marchers, he stated “We gather here because we believe as our founders did that we are, all of us, born and unborn, endowed by our creator, with certain unalienable rights and first among these rights is the right to life.” You can view his speech here.

Trump, while not physically present at the March, appeared in a video during the rally to further show his support. He stated that, “This is a movement founded on love and grounded in the nobility and dignity of every human life. As president, I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence, the right to life.” He also promised in his speech to continue to work to prohibit taxpayer funds for abortion.

The two both listed the many ways they have worked to protect life over the past two years and were welcomed excitedly by the marchers.

The March for Life began in 1974, a year after the Supreme Court decision was made to legalize abortion, Roe v. Wade. Each year, thousands of people from all over the country and of all different ages, races, and origins join together to march along Capitol Hill. The March is significant in how many young people it attracts, particularly high schoolers and college students. As prolific speaker, Abby Johnson wrote on her Facebook wall, “I’m always so energized by the crowd at the March for Life. They are so energetic, so full of joy and, by in large, so YOUNG!”

Helen Cook is a current honors student at Benedictine College, where she is studying History with a minor in Theology. She is heavily active in student life, participating in three music ensembles as a violinist and leading Ravens Respect Life as president. When she is not busy with school and student life activities, she is found reading the many classical works of literature.