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March for Life shows gains by abortion opponents

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to express support for abortion opponents attending the March for Life in Washington.

"The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching --- you have my full support!" Trump said in a tweet.

The March for Life is usually held on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision — Jan. 22 — but it was pushed back this year because of Trump's inauguration.

Vice President Mike Pence will address the march — the first sitting vice president to do so. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway will also speak.

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Thousands of abortion opponents are gathering in the shadow of the Washington Monument for an annual rally that's taken on new energy this year with President Donald Trump in office.

Vice President Mike Pence will address the crowd gathered for the March for Life, the first time a sitting vice president has done so. His visit prompted extra security for the annual rally, which marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Glenn Miller, a 60-year-old cabinet maker from Coventry, Connecticut, says this is his fourth march and it's easily the most enthusiastic. He says Trump has given a voice to those who oppose abortion and that the previous administration "didn't care."

He said he voted for Trump reluctantly because he didn't feel like he had a choice. He says he's been encouraged by the administration's actions on abortion so far.

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For the first time in years, abortion opponents will have all the political momentum when they hold their annual rally on the National Mall.

The March for Life is held each year to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The group says Vice President Mike Pence will address Friday's rally. The group adds no president or vice president has ever spoken previously at the event, now in its 44th year.

One of President Donald Trump's top advisers, Kellyanne Conway, also is on the speakers' list.

Trump has signed an executive order banning U.S. aid to foreign groups that provide abortions. And Republicans in Congress are seeking to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood and to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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