USA - 47th annual March for Life takes place in Washington DC
The 47th annual March for Life took place in Washington DC on Friday . The world's largest pro life event , it all began in 1974 .
On 22 January 1974 , one year after the US Supreme Court legalised abortion in the USA (Roe V Wade), Texas woman Nellie Gray , a World War II veteran , lawyer and Catholic convert led a crowd of 20,000 people to the Capitol building in Washington (home of the US Congress) to commemorate those who had lost their lives to abortion following its introduction .
47 years on , the March follows the same route and On Friday , For the first time in its history , the March for Life was addressed directly by the President of the United States Donald Trump .
Speaking on stage at the National Mall on Friday , the US President Donald Trump told the crowd that "Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting"
... " It is my profound honour to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life . We are here for a very simple reason to defend the right of every child born and unborn to fulfill their god given potential .For 47 years, Americans of all backgrounds have travelled from across the country to stand for life. And today, as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you.... Every life brings love into this world , every child brings joy to a family , every person is worth protecting and above all we know that every human soul is divine and every human life born and unborn is made in the holy image of almighty god"..."young people are the heart of the march for life and its your generation that are making america the pro family pro life generation " - US President Donald Trump
Figures from the guttmacher institute show a total of 862,320 abortions were performed in the USA in 2017 , About half of all U.S. women having an abortion have had one or more previous abortions . 18% of pregnancies in 2017 ended in abortion. In 2017, there were 808 clinics providing abortion, a 2% increase from 2014 .
On Saturday , a number of other rallies get underway accross the US from Las Vegas , San Francisco and New York to Wyoming , Texas , Michigan and Oregon with Many more scheduled for the Months ahead .