While Donald Trump’s stance on abortion has evolved over the years, today he is being heralded as “the most pro-life president in American history,” as Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday. And for good reason.
In an unexpected surprise for attendees of the 46th annual March for Life protest in Washington D.C. on Friday — marking the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court abortion ruling — President Trump delivered a video message in which he vowed to veto any legislation that “weakens the protection of human life.”
Vow to veto any pro-abortion bills
The White House was represented in person by a surprise appearance from Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence. Following their remarks to the large and energetic crowd, the message from the president was played on a giant screen for all to see.
“As president, I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence, the right to life,” he promised as the audience cheered wildly.
“During my first week in office, I reinstated the Mexico City Policy. We have taken bold action to protect the religious freedoms for doctors, nurses, and charities like the Little Sisters Of The Poor,” Trump continued. “We issued a new proposal to prohibit Title Ten taxpayer funding from going to any clinic that performs abortions.”
“We are supporting the loving choice of adoption and foster care, including through the support of faith-based adoption services. And I am supporting the U.S. Senate’s effort to make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion in spending bills,” he said.
“Today I have signed a letter to Congress to make clear that if they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life, I will issue a veto, and we have the support to uphold those vetoes,” Trump said.
Trump a “champion” of the pro-life movement
Prior to hearing the message from the president, Pence reminded the crowd that they didn’t stand for alone for the lives of the unborn, but had strong allies in the White House, both in himself and pro-life “champion” President Trump.
He ran through a litany of pro-life actions Trump had taken, such as re-instituting the Mexico City policy — which bans the use of taxpayer-funded foreign aid for abortions — the appointment of conservative judges to federal courts, as well as signing legislation that empowered states to defund Planned Parenthood abortion providers.
“The truth is, President Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history,” said Pence to resounding cheers from the crowd.
President Trump has indeed done more for the pro-life movement in his first two years in office than any others who have come before him.
He will likely cement his status as the most pro-life president if he follows through on the promise he delivered to the March for Life crowd, confident in the fact that Republicans in Congress will hold firm with him and the conservative base and affirming once again the right of life for all, including unborn children.