Anti-abortion activists rally in annual 'March for Life' in Washington

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Thousands of anti-abortion activists from around the U.S. gathered in Washington Friday for the annual “March for Life” — fired up by the support of Donald Trump, who was slated to address the crowds via video link.

The 45th edition of the rally, which describes itself as “the world’s largest pro-life event,” took place on the National Mall — with other scheduled speakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Trump would be “the first sitting president” to speak to marchers from the Rose Garden of the White House via satellite.

Former Republican presidents, such as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, addressed marchers by telephone.

The march marks an anniversary that infuriates its participants — the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the United States in 1973. (AFP)

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<p>Participants attend the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Participants attend the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters)

<p>Particpants watch as President Donald Trump speaks by satellite from the nearby White House to attendees of the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Particpants watch as President Donald Trump speaks by satellite from the nearby White House to attendees of the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters)

<p>Anti-abortion activists rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Anti-abortion activists rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>Anti-abortion activists rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Anti-abortion activists rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks at an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks at an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>Anti-abortion activists rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Anti-abortion activists rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>A woman holds rosary beads, a bible, and an Anti-abortion sign as she attends a rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

A woman holds rosary beads, a bible, and an Anti-abortion sign as she attends a rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>Participants attend the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, Jan.19, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Participants attend the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, Jan.19, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters)

<p>People watch President Donald Trump speak from the Rose Garden at the White House as anti-abortion activists from around the US gathered in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017 for the annual March for Life. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

People watch President Donald Trump speak from the Rose Garden at the White House as anti-abortion activists from around the US gathered in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017 for the annual March for Life. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Lis Kelly of Notre Dame, Ind., background, and her friend Brother Tomasio Venditti of Steubenville, Ohio, right, wear white gowns depicting the Lady of Guadalupe the Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary during an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators gather in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Lis Kelly of Notre Dame, Ind., background, and her friend Brother Tomasio Venditti of Steubenville, Ohio, right, wear white gowns depicting the Lady of Guadalupe the Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary during an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators gather in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>Anti-abortion activists rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Anti-abortion activists rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>Thousands of people attend the 45th March for Life, with the Washington Monument seen behind, on the National Mall in Washington, Jan. 19 2018. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Thousands of people attend the 45th March for Life, with the Washington Monument seen behind, on the National Mall in Washington, Jan. 19 2018. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Nuns watch as President Donald Trump remotely addresses the March for Life rally by satellite from the nearby White House in Washington, Jan.19, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Nuns watch as President Donald Trump remotely addresses the March for Life rally by satellite from the nearby White House in Washington, Jan.19, 2017. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters)

<p>A woman wears religious paraphernalia as she attends a rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

A woman wears religious paraphernalia as she attends a rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the annual March for Life. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the annual March for Life rally, taking place on the National Mall, from the White House Rose Garden in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the annual March for Life rally, taking place on the National Mall, from the White House Rose Garden in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>A girl holds up a sign as anti-abortion activists from around the U.S. gather in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017 for the annual March for Life. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

A girl holds up a sign as anti-abortion activists from around the U.S. gather in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017 for the annual March for Life. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Thousands of anti-abortion activists from around the U.S. gather near the National Mall in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017 for the annual March for Life. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Thousands of anti-abortion activists from around the U.S. gather near the National Mall in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017 for the annual March for Life. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Anti-abortion activists from around the U.S. gather in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017 for the annual March for Life. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Antiabortion activists rally at annual “March for Life” in Washington

Anti-abortion activists from around the U.S. gather in Washington, Jan. 19, 2017 for the annual March for Life. (Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images)

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