The March Briefing: Pence to Address Anti-Abortion March in Washington



Pence’s attendance sends a message

In sending Mr. Pence to address the rally in person, the Trump administration is sending a strong signal of support to those who oppose abortion. President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush had addressed previous marches remotely.

Mr. Trump, who once supported abortion rights, aggressively and successfully courted social conservatives during his presidential campaign. Mr. Trump said he would announce his choice on Thursday to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Antonin Scalia, and has affirmed that his choice would be an opponent of abortion rights.

A study in contrasts

The march will serve as a studied contrast to the Women’s March a week ago that assembled in large part as a protest of Mr. Trump’s policies. A noon rally will give way to the march an hour later, ending at the Supreme Court.

While the organizers have said they do not have a way of anticipating crowd numbers, Washington’s Department of Transportation confirmed that 92 bus permits had been issued, compared with 1,800 for the Women’s March. The crowd will most likely skew younger, with Catholic and evangelical Christian high-school and college groups making up some of the more enthusiastic anti-abortion organizers across the country.

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