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Kellyanne Conway: ‘This is a new day, a new dawn for life’

President Trump’s White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told an enthusiastic crowd of antiabortion advocates that this is their time to be heard, calling it a “new day, a new dawn for life.”

“Every day is a fight for life, but today is also a celebration of life,” she said to loud cheers. “Steps away from here in the White House, a president and a vice president sit at their desks and make decisions for a nation. As they sit there, they stand here with you.”

The Trump campaign’s “impassioned defense of life showed a nation that courage and commitment can overcome indifference and insults,” she said.

Between the administration’s commitment to the antiabortion movement and advancements in science, Conway said, it was a time of “incredible promise for the pro-life movement.”

“This dismissive notion of out of sight, out of mind, is over. Science and medicine have joined religion and morality in causing many Americans to think how triumphant human life truly is.”

She closed by telling the crowd they can be assured they have the full support of the White House behind them.

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People gather at the base of the Washington Monument Friday morning for the March for Life. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

After 43 years of doggedly demonstrating against abortion at the annual March for Life each January, thousands of abortion opponents are gathering Friday on the Mall with great reason for optimism. Just days into his presidency, Donald Trump has made abortion one of his first priorities in office.

With a likely eye toward rewarding voters who supported him based heavily on expectations that he would act on abortion, Trump has already revived an old policy banning U.S. funding for groups abroad that pay for abortions or provide information about abortion. On Tuesday, he signaled his intentions to nominate an antiabortion justice to the Supreme Court next week, and he has vowed more action to follow.

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