President Trump First Sitting POTUS to Address March for Life in D.C. in 45 Years

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS STANDING UP FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

“The President is committed to protecting the life of the unborn, and he is excited to be part of this historic event,” Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Wednesday.

“We cherish the sacred dignity of every human life.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

AN IGNOBLE EXCEPTION: The United States is one of a few countries to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

  • The United States is one of only seven countries that allow for elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy; two of the other countries are North Korea and China.
  • Research shows unborn babies feel pain as early as 20 weeks to such a degree that anesthesia is routinely administered to unborn babies undergoing in utero surgeries and premature infants of the same age undergoing surgery.
  • In the United States, taxpayer funding subsidizes 900 health care plans that cover abortions, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
  • Under the previous administration, States were allowed to outlaw pro-life health insurance with impunity.

 

AMERICANS SUPPORT PRO-LIFE POLICIES: Public support for pro-life policies remains high according to recent polling.

  • A recent Marist-Knights of Columbus poll shows the majority of Americans, 56 percent, believe abortion to be morally wrong.
  • More than three in four Americans support restrictions on abortion.

o   Even six in ten of those who identify as pro-choice support restrictions on abortion.

  • 63 percent of Americans support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

o   Even the majority of pro-choice Americans, 56 percent, support banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

o   Public support for banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has grown by four percent in the last year.

  • Six in ten Americans oppose using taxpayer money to fund abortions.
  • The majority of Americans, 52 percent, believe that, in the long run, having an abortion does more harm than good to a woman’s life.
  • Nearly half of all Americans, 47 percent, believe life begins at conception, and 62 percent believe it begins within the first three months of a pregnancy.

 

COMMITTED TO PROTECTING LIFE: President Donald J. Trump has shown his steadfast commitment to preserving the precious gift of life and defending religious liberty.

  • President Trump is the first sitting President to address the March for Life live via satellite.

o   Vice President Mike Pence addressed the March for Life in 2017, becoming the first sitting Vice President to do so in person.

  • Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing a proposal to revise its conscience regulations to protect President Trump’s promise to enforce Federal conscience and religious freedom protections. The proposed conscience provisions include:

o   Restricting taxpayer funds, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare, from being used by entities with discriminatory policies or practices,

o   Protecting Americans who have religious or moral convictions related to certain health care services,

o   Recognizing that Americans should not be discriminated against for their religious or moral beliefs when participating in certain health services.

  • Just after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which protects $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry.
  • President Trump cut off taxpayer funding for the U.N. Population Fund, which colludes with China’s cruel program of forced abortion and sterilization.
  • President Trump signed H.J. Res. 43 into law, overturning a midnight regulation by the Obama Administration, which prohibited States from defunding certain abortion facilities in their federally-funded family planning programs.
  • President Trump has expressed strong support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would stop late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, when science tells us that an unborn child can experience pain.
  • President Trump’s Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans.
  • President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services just announced the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, tasked with ensuring that laws that protect religious freedom and conscience rights are appropriately enforced.