President Donald Trump on Friday addressed marchers gathered on the National Mall for the March for Life, an annual anti-abortion rally that draws thousands of activists and students to Washington each year.
"Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life," Trump told the crowd via satellite from the White House Rose Garden, where he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, a longtime opponent of abortion rights.
In speaking to the group on live TV, Trump became the first sitting president to do so. Two of his Republican predecessors, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, addressed the marchers by telephone. In March of last year, Pence spoke to the group in person, becoming the first vice president to do so while in office.
Trump touted a number of steps his administration has taken to limit certain late-stage abortions and divert federal funding away from clinics that offer abortions, in addition to other women's health services.