Anti-abortion supporters Marian Rumley, Taylor Miller and Sophie Caticchio from Minnesota listen to speeches at the National March for Life rally in D.C. on Jan. 22, 2016. Trump, inaugurated Friday, has promised to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court with what he has called a "pro-life" justice and has said he would sign anti-abortion measures approved by the Republican-controlled Congress. Even as GOP governors and legislatures enacted a raft of new anti-abortion laws over the past decade, the movement faced a big obstacle from Democrat Barack Obama's eight years as president. "I have high expectations," said Karin Capron, a 69-year-old retired chemist from the Kansas City suburb of Mission who has been active in the anti-abortion movement for more than four decades. "The more hear about him (Trump), the more I think he can be very helpful to the pro-life movement."
President Donald Trump shows off a signed executive order to reinstitute a policy barring any recipient of U.S. assistance from performing or promoting abortions abroad with money they receive from non-U.S. President Donald Trump shows off a signed executive order to reinstitute a policy barring any recipient of U.S. assistance from performing or promoting abortions abroad with money they receive from non-U.S. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Abortion opponents expressed optimism Monday that Donald Trump's early months in office would advance their cause as hundreds converged on the Kansas Statehouse to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Some longtime anti-abortion activists and local private school students attended the annual Rally for Life, one day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade ruling. The rally, which is regularly the largest annual political event at the Capitol in Topeka, was accompanied by worship services and workshops -- a prelude to the movement's paramount event, the annual March for Life on Friday in Washington. Newly released data shows that the number of abortions in the U.S. fell to about 926,000 in 2014, the lowest level since 1974 -- the year after the Roe v. Wade ruling.
Vice President Mike Pence listens as his wife Karen Pence speaks at the March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Vice President Mike Pence listens as his wife Karen Pence speaks at the March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, file photo, Michelle Doyle, left, joins the March for Life 2016 rally, commemorating the anniversary of 1973 "Roe v. Wade" U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Washington. "The vast majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade and support the legal right to abortion," Hogue said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than four decades, the March for Life has become a familiar ritual in Washington. No matter the weather, thousands of abortion opponents gather every year on the National Mall, many wearing matching hats or scarves from their school or church groups, and listen to speeches from social conservatives in Congress before marching to the Supreme Court.