(CNSNews.com) – In a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. must “build a culture that cherishes that dignity and sanctity of innocent human life.”
“As part of our commitment to building a just and loving society, we must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. All children born and unborn are made in the holy image of God. Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from heaven. As the Lord says, in Jeremiah, ‘Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart,’” Trump said.
He also pledged to protect the “country’s long and proud tradition of faith-based adoption.”
“My administration is working to make sure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families while following their deeply held beliefs,” the president said.
Trump also said his administration is “speaking out against religious persecution around the world, including against religious minorities, Christians, and the Jewish community.” He also welcomed Pastor Andrew Brunson to the National Prayer Breakfast. Brunson had been jailed for years in Turkey.
“My administration is also continuing to fight for American hostages who have been imprisoned overseas for their religious beliefs. Last October, we reached an agreement with Turkey to release Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is now free and joins us here this morning,” Trump said.
“He was there for a long time before I got there, and I said, you gotta let him out … and they let you out. It was a miracle,” the president said.
Trump also talked about the “historic action” his administration has taken to combat human trafficking.
“To protect the dignity and worth of every person, my administration has taken historic action to combat human trafficking. Last year, I directed the State Department to cut off development aid to nations that do not demonstrate a commitment to ending human trafficking in their own countries, and we are fighting every day to stop the tragedy of human trafficking all along our southern border,” he said.
“Together, we will end the scourge of modern day slavery that because of the internet is at levels that nobody can believe. The internet came along, and some good things happened, but some very bad things happened, and this is one of them,” the president said.