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Donald Trump has become the first US President to address the annual March for Life in person.

The event takes place in Washington, DC and has been held every year since 1974, the first anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision.

In his remarks, Trump said they were all gathered for a very simple reason.

“To defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.

“All of us here understand an eternal truth: Every child is a precious and sacred gift from God. Together, we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life.

“When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God's creation.

“When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family.

“When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul,” said President Trump. 

This year the event was reportedly attended by hundreds of thousands of people, highlighting the strength of the country’s pro-life movement.

Commentator Matt Walsh says that Trump’s decision to speak in person at the event is significant.

“Optimistically, this could be viewed as another sign that the political winds have to some degree shifted on abortion,” he said.

“Republican politicians are perhaps beginning to realize that the pro-life position is not one to shrink away from or be ashamed of.”

President Trump also designated January 22, the anniversary of Roe v Wade, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

The Proclamation signed by the President, in part, reads:

“Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value.  Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must be defended.

“On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death.”