(CNSNews.com) – “It is my profound honor to be the very first president in history to attend the March for Life,” President Donald Trump told attendees of the 47th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
“We’re here for a very simple reason: to defend the right of every child born and unborn to fulfill their God-given potential. For 47 years, Americans of all backgrounds have traveled from across the country to stand for life, and today as president of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you,” he said.
In years past, the president has spoken to pro-life activists in a videotaped address, and last year, he spoke live from the White House Rose Garden. This is the first year that he – or any president for that matter – has attended the March for Life in person.
“Young people are the heart of the March for Life, and it’s your generation that is making America the pro-family, pro-life nation,” Trump told the crowd, which included thousands of high school and college students from across the country.
“The life movement is led by strong women, amazing faith leaders, and brave students who carry on the legacy of the pioneers before us who fought to raise the conscience of our nation and uphold the rights of our citizens. You embrace mothers with care and compassion. You are powered by prayer and motivated by pure, unselfish love,” he said.
Also on hand were several Republicans senators and congressmen and members of Trump’s cabinet, including HHS Secretary Alex Azar and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
“All of us here today understand an eternal truth: every child is a precious and sacred gift from God. Together we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life. When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God's creation,” the president said.
“When we hold a newborn and arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world,” he said. “And from the first day in office I've taken a historic action to support America's families and to protect the unborn.
“And during my first week in office I reinstated and expanded the Mexico City policy, and we 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 policies or encourages the destruction of human life,” Trump said.
The president said that unborn children have “never had a stronger defender in the White House.” He detailed the ways he has strengthened the pro-life movement:
At the U.N., Trump “made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life.” He also took “decisive action to protect religious liberty.”
“Religious liberty has been under attack all over the world and frankly, very strongly attacked in our nation, he said. “You see it better than anyone, but we are stopping it, and we’re taking care of doctors, nurses, teachers and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor.
“We are preserving faith-based adoption, and to uphold our founding documents, we have confirmed 187 federal judges who apply the Constitution as written, including two phenomenal Supreme court justices - Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh,” Trump said.
“We are protecting pro-life students’ right 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, and if they don't they pay a very big financial penalty which they will not be willing to pay,” he said.
The president talked about Democratic politicians’ efforts to work against these protections, mentioning specifically the New York law that allows babies to be aborted up until the moment of birth.
“Sadly, the far left is actively working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious believers 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,” he said, referring to the impeachment.
Trump’s speech comes one hour before day five of the Senate impeachment trial began with House Democratic managers continuing to make their case for removing him from office.
“Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades, and you could even say for centuries. Nearly every top Democrat in Congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion, all the way up until the moment of birth,” the president said.
“Last year, lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped [from the mother's womb] up until delivery. Then we had the case of the Democrat governor in the state of Virginia, the commonwealth of Virginia, and we love the commonwealth of Virginia but what is going on in Virginia? What is going on? The governor stated that he would execute a baby after birth, you remember that,” Trump said.
“Senate Democrats even blocked legislation that would give medical care to babies who survive attempted abortions, and that's why I've called on Congress – two of our great senators here, so many of our great congressmen her - I called upon them to defend the dignity of life and to pass legislation prohibiting late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in their mother's womb,” he said.
“Every person is worth protecting and above all, we know that every human soul is divine and every human life born and unborn is made in the holy image of almighty God,” the president added.