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Trump becomes the first president to speak at March for Life – saying every person is ‘worth protecting’

DONALD Trump was the first US President to attend the annual March for Life rally in Washington today as his impeachment trial rages on.

Trump told attendees the "unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House" at the march on the National Mall.

The Republican president is reportedly hoping to strengthen support in the anti-abortion faction of his base, calling for more robust restrictions.

Trump described his actions and the crowd of supporters as being "voice of the voiceless" on Friday afternoon.

"When it comes to Democrats -- and you know this -- you've seen what's happened," Trump said.

"Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades and you can even say for centuries."

"They are coming after me because I am fighting for you," he claimed, touting the "confirmed 187 federal judges who apply the Constitution as written."

However, Trump said he was "pro-choice in every respect" during a 'Meet The Press' segment on NBC in 1999.

"I'm very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion," he said during the interview. "I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. But I just believe in choice.

"And again, it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is a different attitude in different parts of the country - but I was raised in New York."

But his administration has passed several measures to restrict abortion access since his election.

State-level bills relating to gestational and near-total bans are in the works for 2020, as well as federal regulations.

Trump also appointed two anti-abortion Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

The president framed his arguments in a religious context, telling the crowd "every human soul is divine."

"Every human life—born and unborn—is made in the holy image of Almighty God," Trump declared.

On Friday, Trump's office announced their legal action against California regarding the state's mandate that insurers cover abortions.

Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom rebuked the administration's move on Friday, reports the Wall Street Journal.

“California will continue to protect a woman’s right to choose, and we won’t back down from defending reproductive freedom for everybody—full stop."

The March for Life this year falls the same week as the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

They are coming after me because I am fighting for you.

Donald Trump

The rally was started in 1974 by Nellie Gray in response to the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide.

Organizers reportedly plan to continue the event until Roe - a landmark US Supreme Court ruling in 1973 - is overturned.

It ruled the Constitution protects a pregnant woman's right to a termination without excessive government restriction.

Earlier this week, Trump ruled the  anniversary of the landmark ruling on January 22 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

His proclamation read: "My Administration is also building an international coalition to dispel the concept of abortion as a fundamental human right.

"So far, 24 nations representing more than a billion people have joined this important cause.

"We oppose any projects that attempt to assert a global right to taxpayer‑funded abortion on demand, up to the moment of delivery."

The news comes as Republican politicians were reportedly threatened in the event they broke ranks with Trump during the trial.

An anonymous source said senators were told: "Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike."

So far, no Republican has defied the party on a series of votes that set the rules for the impeachment trial.

Democrats would have to secure support from 20 Republicans to remove Trump.

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