For the 44th time since Roe v. Wade made abortions a federally protected right, pro-life activists will gather on the National Mall for the annual March for Life.
As in years past, Americans from all walks of life — and from all 50 states — made plans to travel to Washington in order to speak for the unborn. And, also as in years past, most were prepared for the usual lackluster coverage of the event from most major media outlets.
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) January 21, 2017
But as the 2017 March for Life loomed closer, rumbles began to come from within the Trump administration that suggest that the media’s blackout of the largest pro-life rally in the country might soon be a thing of the past.
First, Trump advisor — and the first woman to successfully manage a presidential campaign — Kellyanne Conway announced that she planned to attend the event.
— Johnnette Benkovic (@johnnetteb) January 13, 2017
During his first post-Inaugural interview with ABC News, President Trump also indicated that his administration would have a strong presence at the event, and he then chastised the media for failing to cover the March for Life in years past:
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) January 26, 2017
But then on Thursday morning, the March for Life website posted updated security information and an extensive list of items that would be confiscated if brought into the rally:
Image Credit: Screenshot/March for Life
And shortly afterward, the White House dropped the other shoe: the extra security was because Vice President Mike Pence had accepted the invitation to speak at the March for Life, making him the first sitting VP ever to do so.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) January 26, 2017
Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush addressed the pro-life rally in 1987 and 2003, respectively, but did so via telephone.
The media is now in the crosshairs.
Politically what Pence is doing is brilliant-force the media to cover the March for Life in depth with a showcase moment or confirm the bias
— J. Shaka (@jjshaka) January 26, 2017
With Vice President Pence now on the official schedule, the media has a choice to make.