"Love Saves Lives": Thousands Travel to Washington for March for Life

WASHINGTON - Thousands of people from all across the country traveled to Washington to participate in the annual March for Life anti-abortion protest.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence came outside to address the crowd, while lawmakers in the capitol debated a bill that would crack down on abortion providers.

Michael Nguyen says he's marching for the life of his 10-year-old daughter, Valyn, who he says wouldn't be alive if it weren't for a protestor who stopped him and his wife outside a Missouri abortion clinic.

"She advised us to go home, don't do it, biggest mistake of our life," Nguyen said. "I mean we were within seconds of participating in the abortion and we decided not to. It was the best decision of our life."

Nguyen marched alongside thousands of pro-life supporters on Friday, like Kelly Scarborough, also a Missouri resident.

"Love saves lives," Scarborough said. "We are here to promote life and the dignity of life no matter what stage they are in."

Trump called the march a "movement." He promised the packed crowd that he will continue fighting for them and with them.

"Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life," Trump said.

And while thousands of pro-life supporters gathered at the National Mall, just down the road on Capitol Hill lawmakers are debating a bill that would crack down on abortion providers.

"You're intentionally letting a child die," Blake Farenthold said.

Texas Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold says the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" is common sense.

The bill punishes abortion providers who don't administer proper medical care to infants who survive abortions.

"These fragile young lives need care immediately once they're born, which is why I strongly support this legislation,"  Farenthold said.

Critics of the bill, like California Democrat Ami Bera says Republicans are using this bill to scare doctors from giving abortions. 

"This bill is an attempt to undermine a woman's access to safe and legal reproductive health services," Bera said.

The bill passed the House on Friday and now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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