The D.C. "March for Life" will have a special guest this year, in the form of House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Held every year in correlation with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that declared abortion a constitutional right, the Washington, D.C. "March for Life" has steadily increased in popularity. Throughout the decades, the annual event has attracted tens of thousands of attendees and several prominent speakers. Last year, in the wake of President Trump's inauguration, Vice President Mike Pence headlined the event.
Ryan's appearance marks the first time he has spoken at the event since being elected Speaker in 2015. Last year, he only appeared at the march via a video message.
On Twitter, Ryan pledged he will “march to defend the rights of those who cannot defend themselves.”
March for Life President Jeanne Mancini has called Ryan an “unwavering champion” for the pro-life cause.
“It is an honor to have Speaker of the House Paul Ryan address the 45th annual March for Life. Speaker Ryan has been an unwavering champion for the pro-life cause since taking office, and continues to utilize his post to promote the inherent dignity of the human person at all stages of life,” she said.
Over 100,000 people will attend this year's event. The theme: “Love Saves Lives.”
Joining Ryan will be congressional colleagues Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Chris Smith (R-NJ).