By Melanie Hunter, CNSNews.com
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said Friday at the March for Life that the right to life is a God-given right – not a privilege or a choice.
“It is no coincidence that the first rights stated in the Declaration of Independence is the right to life. It is a right. It is not a privilege. It is not a choice. It is God-given. It is unique, and it is beautiful,” Conway said.
Conway, who is pro-life, told attendees at march that the White House hears them and looks forward to working with them.
“So to the March for Life 2017, allow me to make it very clear: We hear you. We see you. We respect you, and we look forward to working with you. And yes, we walk. We march. We run, and we endeavor forward with you.”
“Yes, I am pro-life. It is such an honor to stand with the vice president of the United States and with so many leaders, families and students from places near and far to defend the unborn. Your courage. Your conviction, your resolve, and your faith are impressive and consequential. This is a new day, a new dawn for life,” Conway said.
“Why are we here? What does it mean to stand together, to be part of this incredible movement, to face criticism, ridicule, laws and lawmakers that diminish and erode our most basic right and the bedrock of our society? It means to protect and to promote the most precious gift in the world – the gift of life,” she said, adding that it also means to stand up and stand together “against the indifference and the indefensible” on behalf of babies in the womb.
“This dismissive notion of out of sight, out of mind is over,” Conway said, adding that science and medicine have joined religion “in causing many Americans to rethink just how fragile and how triumphant human life truly is.”
“Look at a sonogram. Meet a thriving toddler who was born at 24 weeks, and who with proper medical intervention goes on to have a long and healthy life. Speak to the many women who have faced challenges becoming and remaining pregnant and then welcomed a miracle. Talk to the couples who are now parents because adoption, not abortion was the best choice,” she said.
“Every day is a fight for life. Yet today is also a celebration of life. It is a time to lift your voice and lift your spirits,” Conway said.
“Steps away from here in the White House, a president and a vice president sit at their desks and make decisions for the nation. As they sit there, they stand here with you. Their impassioned defenses of life as presidential candidates showed a nation that courage and commitment can overcome indifference and insults, and their decisive action as president and vice president will further this conversation and this cause,” she said.
“This is a time of incredible promise for the pro-life, pro-adoption movement.,” Conway said.
Women with unplanned pregnancies “should know they are not alone,” she said. “They are not judged. They too are protected and cared for and celebrated.”