New Mexico anti-abortion advocate and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Elisa Martinez shared the same stage with President Donald Trump at the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
Martinez delivered a two-minute address at the march, which is held at the nation’s capital every year on the anniversary week of the 1973 Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. This is the first year a sitting president has attended the event.
“For the pro-life movement, this is a historic occasion,” she said in a phone interview with the Journal on the way to the march. “The president, just by his record, is the most pro-life president we’ve ever had. It’s fitting to have him attend the march and give some remarks.”
This isn’t the first March for Life Martinez has attended, but it was the first time she had been asked to give an address. Martinez said she was asked to speak at the event in part for leading the effort last year in New Mexico to defeat House Bill 51 in the Legislature as the leader of New Mexico Alliance for Life. The Legislature voted against the measure that would have repealed the state’s 1969 anti-abortion law, which makes it a crime to end a woman’s pregnancy, except in certain circumstances, such as rape.