Trump promises to veto any abortion legislation in March for Life address

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ABORTION, POLITICS – U.S.

 WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In a surprise appearance, President Donald Trump addressed pro-life advocates at the 2019 March for Life, telling them that “every life is worth protecting” and that he will veto any legislation that crosses his desk that “weakens the protection of human life.”

“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. Every child is a sacred gift from God,” he said in a pre-recorded video message.

Trump sent his message via large screens set up in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life Rally.

“Today I am very proud to welcome tens of thousands of families, students, and people of all faiths and backgrounds to our nation’s capital for the 46th annual March for Life,” the President said.

“This is a movement founded on love and grounded in the nobility and dignity of every human life,” he continued.

“When we look into the eyes of a newborn child we see the beauty and the human soul and the majesty of God’s creation. We know that every life has meaning and that every life is worth protecting. As President, I will always defend the first right of our Declaration of Independence, the right to life.”

The President then listed the actions his administration has taken to honor the sanctity of life and to work for the freedom of Americans not to have to commit or fund contraception and abortion against their consciences.

“During my first week in office I reinstated the Mexico City policy,” Trump said.

“We have taken bold action to protect the religious freedoms of doctors, nurses, and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor,” he continued.

“We issued a new proposal to prohibit Title X 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 US Senate effort to make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion in spending bills.”

The President then told the cheering crowds that he will veto any bills that threaten the unborn child.

“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,” he said.

“We have the support to uphold those vetoes. Every child is a sacred gift from God.”

Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised the President for his “bold message.”

“Today President Trump sent a bold message to Nancy Pelosi that popular pro-life policies like the Hyde Amendment that save unborn children and protect taxpayers are here to stay, despite her extreme attacks,” she said

“A strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, domestically and abroad. President Trump is the most pro-life president our nation has seen and is keeping his promise to the pro-life Americans who swept him into office. Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats can continue pushing an extreme pro-abortion agenda at their own political peril,” she added.

Trump heartily endorsed the theme of this year’s March for Life, “Each Person is Unique from Day One”, saying that it was “very important” and “so true.”

The President thanked the crowds, particularly the thousands of high schools and college students who traveled to the National Mall for the March and Rally.

“I want to thank Americans who traveled all across the country to the March for Life, and I especially want to thank so many young people who give us hope for the future,” he said.

“Together we will work to save lives of unborn children so that they have a chance to live and to love,  to thrive and to dream, and to bless our nation and reach their full and glorious potential,” he continued.

“Thank you, and God bless you and your family, and God bless America.”

President Trump’s message was introduced by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, who were surprise speakers at the Rally.

“Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history,” the Vice-President stated.

Full address of President Donald Trump to the 2019 March for Life. 

Today, I am very proud to welcome tens of thousands of families, students, and people of all faiths and backgrounds to our nation’s capital for the 46th annual March For Life.

This is a movement founded on love and grounded in the nobility and dignity of every human life.

When we look into the eyes of a newborn child we see the beauty in the human soul and the Majesty of God’s creation. We know that every life has meaning and that every life is worth protecting. As President, I will always defend the first right of our Declaration of Independence, the right to life.

During my first week in office, I reinstated the Mexico City policy. We have taken bold action to protect the religious freedoms of doctors, nurses, and charities, like the Little Sisters of the Poor. We issued a new proposal to prohibit Title X 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 US Senate’s effort to make permanent the Hyde amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion in spending bills.

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. Every child is a sacred gift from God.

As this year’s March For Life theme says: “Each person is unique, from day one”

That’s a very important phrase, ‘unique from day one.’ And so true.

I want to thank Americans who traveled all across the country to march for life. And, I especially want to thank so many young people who give us hope for the future.

Together we will work to save lives of unborn children so that they have a chance to live and to love, to thrive and to dream, and to bless our nation and reach their full and glorious potential.

Thank you and God bless you and your family and God bless America.