Both President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made moving speeches against abortion on Friday. During his speech, Trump called on the Senate to pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks so he can get it signed.
Both men addressed a crowd at the White House Rose Garden, as well as a larger audience via live satellite video, during the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which stands against abortion.
Pence said the founders of the United States declared that Americans had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He said abortion denied that right to unborn Americans. He went on to describe Trump’s efforts to support the pro-life movement, including “preventing government taxpayer dollars from funding abortions oversees, to empowering states to respect life, ” and in “nominating judges who will uphold God-given liberties.” Pence said Trump has been a “tireless defender of life” in America.
Pence called Trump the “most pro-life president in American history,” and said: “With your continued dedication and compassion, with pro-life majorities in the House, with President Trump in the White House, and with God’s help, we will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law.”
When Trump spoke, he also mentioned the various anti-abortion policies his administration has enacted, including action the Health and Human Services Department took on Friday, rescinding Obama-era guidance that prevented states from defunding Planned Parenthood.
He also spoke of a 20-week abortion bill which passed the House last year, but has not been called for a vote in the Senate.”I call upon the Senate to pass this important law and send it to my desk for signing,” Trump said.
“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. “We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of our society.”
President Trump said that hope is the key element in the pro-life movement.
“It is the gift of life itself,” Trump said, “That is why we march, that is why we pray, and that is why we declare that America’s future will be filled with goodness, peace, joy, dignity and life for every child of God.”