We’re two days away from the presidential inauguration, and Washington, D.C. is gearing up for the big event.
Tim Goeglein, who represents Focus on the Family in Washington and who works from an office located in the heart of our nation’s capitol, reports that the city appears ringed in an iron-clad circle of security.
It’s been interesting to read and watch the media coverage on the transition. I’m sure you’ve caught a sense of sensationalism in the reporting, stemming back from November. Now that we’re a couple of days from the actual transfer of power, some of the stories seem to be reaching a fever pitch. From tweets to controversy surrounding “fake news” and contentious confirmation hearings, the mood is intense.
Personally, I am cautiously hopeful and optimistic in some ways.
Within the next two weeks, President-elect Trump has promised to nominate a constitutionalist, pro-life judge to the Supreme Court. He has promised to push for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s No. 1 abortion provider, which received about $4 billion in taxpayer dollars over the last eight years alone.
The President-elect has surrounded himself with strong pro-life advisers. For example, Vice President-elect Mike Pence has consistently been a stalwart defender of the preborn.
Another example of a strong pro-lifer in the President-elect’s inner circle is his presidential campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who will serve as a counselor to the president in the Trump administration.
“I consider myself a member of the pro-life rank-and-file,” Conway, a mother of four, recently told the Wall St. Journal. “Just one of the tens of millions of Americans who fear the cavalier way innocent human life is treated today.”
Mrs. Conway has even agreed to speak at the 44th annual March for Life, the world’s largest pro-life event, on Saturday, Jan. 27, one week after the inauguration. As you may know, the March for Life brings together tens of thousands of men, women and children to somberly mark the anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision.
Like we have during many previous iterations of the event, Focus on the Family will have a presence at the March for Life. Members of our Sanctity of Human Life team will be joining fellow pro-lifers in serving as a witness to the beauty and worth of life in the womb – and the mother who carries the child.
Focus’ main effort during the March for Life events will be through the Evangelicals for Life conference, which will take place from Thursday, Jan. 26 to Saturday, Jan. 28.
I’ll be joining the long list of distinguised speakers including Focus on the Family’s vice president of community outreach Kelly Rosati; Russell Moore, president of the ERLC; Matt Chandler, teaching pastor at The Village Church; and many others.
If you’ll be attending the March for Life, or can travel to Washington, D.C., I certainly hope you’ll join us. Information about speakers, schedule and the free simulcast available for those who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C., can be found at http://www.evangelicals.life/.
I’d like to hear from you: Do you agree with me that the pro-life movement should be hopeful for life-savings gains under a Trump administration? Why or why not? Please let me know in the comments section, below.