WASHINGTON, D.C. – Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio today led dozens of members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in the 45th annual March for Life along the National Mall. The delegation included 34 Catholic cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The peaceful, anti-abortion demonstration was joined by tens of thousands on the one-mile route from the Washington Monument to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion, was handed down 45 years ago. The theme of March for Life 2018 was “Love Saves Lives.”
Before the March, Archbishop Broglio observed:
“So often we are shocked by mass shootings, violence among citizens, terrorist attacks, and other events that give evidence of a fundamental lack of respect for the innate dignity of the human person. Today thousands of people –young and old—will march to give witness to that same dignity of the human person from conception to natural death. I never cease to be impressed at the willingness of so many to sacrifice their time and comfort simply to invite all to respect human life. That respect will open the door to a less violent society and a better world. May we soon see the positive effects of such a sustained effort.”
President Donald Trump spoke to the pro-life demonstrators from the Rose Garden via satellite, becoming the third sitting president to address the annual gathering, and the first to address it by satellite, in its 45-year history. Other scheduled speakers included House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI); Ms. Pam Tebow, mother of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow; Mr. Matt Birk, former NFL player, and his wife, Ms. Adrianna Birk; U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA); U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL); U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ); and Sister Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life.