Signs from Friday's March for Life

The annual march of abortion opponents received its most significant endorsements this year, with Vice President Mike Pence addressing the gathering and President Donald Trump tweeting support.

A Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday showed that 64 percent of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 31 percent said it should be illegal in all or most cases.

On Tuesday, the House approved a controversial measure called HR-7 that would make the Hyde Amendment permanent.

In one of his biggest solo appearances on the campaign trail in October, Pence received a standing ovation from Liberty University students as he declared, "I'm pro life and I don't apologize for it".

And, of course, Pence hyped Trump's promise that he will soon nominate a Supreme Court justice "in the tradition of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia". President Trump underlined that message on his Twitter account: "To all of you marching-you have my full support!"

Pence is the first sitting vice president to address the march. Today, The Takeaway speaks with Groppe about Mike Pence's social agenda during his time in IN politics, and the influence he can be expected to have within the Trump administration.

"That is evident in the election of pro-life majorities in the Congress", he told the tens of thousands gathered at the Washington Monument.

Numerous marchers - like Denise Bryan of Jackson Township - dismissed the abortion rights argument that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about having the procedure. He says Trump has given a voice to those who oppose abortion and that the previous administration "didn't care".

He harshly criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine for their support of abortion.

The March for Life is held each year to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

"I'm deeply humbled to be the first Vice President of the United States to have the privilege to attend this historic event", Pence, 57, said after an introduction from his wife, Karen.

Various speakers will be at the rally this morning, including Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to the president - and although he has not been confirmed, Vice President Mike Pence as well.

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