It’s been nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. In honor of the anniversary, pro-life advocates held the 47th Annual March for Life in Washington DC on Friday. In a historic move, President Trump came to speak at the march. Previously, President Reagan and George W. Bush have spoken to marchers over the phone, but this is the first time a president has attended the rally.
President Trump began his speech by touting his actions as president, such as the appointment of justices, executive orders, and repealing pro-abortion regulations:
I have taken historic action to support America’s families and to protect the unborn. … [W]e issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title X taxpayer funding. I notified Congress that I would veto any legislation that weakens pro-life policy or that encourages the destruction of human life. At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life.
We are preserving faith-based adoption and to uphold our founding documents, we have appointed 187 federal judges… including two phenomenal supreme court justices – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
We are protecting pro-life students’ rights to free speech on college campuses. And if universities want federal taxpayer dollars, then they must uphold your First Amendment right to speak your mind. …
Sadly, the far left is working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious leaders from the public square, and silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life. They are coming after me because I am fighting for you and we are fighting for those who have no voice.
In his speech, President Trump called out Democrats for their increasing radical stances on abortion. “Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades…” he said. “Nearly every top Democrat in congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth.” Long gone are the days of a Democratic Party arguing for “safe, legal, and rare” abortions, as Hillary Clinton once did. When Tulsi Gabbard made this argument in a recent Democratic Debate, she saw backlash. The NARAL affiliate of Ohio, for example, tweeted, “This is a position — making abortion “rare” — not supported by pro-choice advocates, including NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.”
pointed in particular the Democrats’ seeming support for infanticide as they
opposed the Born Alive Bill and stand behind Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s
comments from last January on third-trimester abortions. The president called
about Gov. Northam saying that “The governor stated that he would execute a
baby after birth.” Many in the media are already “fact checking” and say that
Trump is lying about Northam’s comments. Read them for yourself:
Julie Carey (reporter): [Virginia Rep. Kathy Tran] was pressed by a Republican delegate about whether her bill would permit an abortion even as a woman is, essentially, dilating, ready to give birth. And she answered that it would permit an abortion at that stage of labor. Do you support her measure?
Gov. Northam: … [W]hen we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of, obviously, the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician by the way. …If a mother is in labor… The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.
these fact checks have claimed Northam wasn’t referencing infanticide, but that
interpretation has glaring problems. In his example, a mother is coming in for
an abortion, but the infant is delivered alive. What would the physicians and
mother need to discuss after the birth? The context is also important. Northam
made this argument in response to a question that was clearly pointed towards
abortion at the point of labor.
The Democrats have shown their true colors, but they realize they are too radical for the American people. They claim that they are against infanticide, but, when push comes to shove, they are not. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, remarked that “If Democrats are truly against infanticide, every single Democratic senator should vote for [the Born Alive] bill.” They didn’t. President Trump recalled how “Senate Democrats even blocked legislation that would give medical care to babies who survive attempted abortions.” He pointed out that “Nearly every top Democrat in congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth.” The “pro-choice” community isn’t satisfied even with 2nd trimester abortions. To them, late-term abortion is also a civil right.
move towards a radical pro-late term abortion and pro-infanticide platform,
President Trump is ready to position himself as the reasonable pro-life defender.