(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump pledged Friday to veto any bill that comes across his desk “that weakens the protection of human life.”
In a videotaped speech to pro-life activists at the 46th annual March for Life, Trump said, “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.”
Trump began his speech by detailing the pro-life achievements made during his administration.
“As president, I will always defend the first right in 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,” he said.
“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 U.S. Senate’s effort to make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion in spending bills,” the president added.
He said the pro-life movement is “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,” the president said. “We know that every life has meaning, and that every life is worth protecting.”
“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,” he said.
“Together, we will work to save the 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,” Trump concluded.
Before introducing the president, Vice President Mike Pence said the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, also sparked the pro-life movement.
“Forty-six years ago this month, a majority on the Supreme Court turned its back on that right, but in that moment, a movement was born, a movement defined by compassion and love, a movement animated by faith and truth, and a movement that’s been winning hearts and minds every day since,” he said.
Pence said life is winning in America again “through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers and pregnancy centers.”
"Life is winning through the generosity of millions of adoptive families who open their hearts and their homes,” he said. Also,”life is winning through courageous men and women, who step forward to serve in public office, and who now advance the cause of life from our nation’s capital to statehouses across the country.”
The vice president thanked the pro-life elected leaders gathered at the march. Then he cautioned pro-lifers to be prepared to defend their pro-life views “with gentleness and respect.”
“They will attack you. They will question your hearts to silence others, but don’t listen to them. Listen to the truth, and know that he who said, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ also said, ‘I will never leave you for forsake you’ as you stand for his creation, as you stand for the right to life,” Pence said.
In addition to the Mexico City policy, Pence said, Trump has “appointed more conservative men and women to our federal courts of appeals than any president in American history.”
“And this president signed legislation, and I had the privilege to cast the tie-breaking vote to empower states to defund Planned Parenthood. The truth is President Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history, and we are grateful for your support,” the vice president said.
“From the White House to your house, life is winning in America once again, but we gather here today, because we know we still have much work to do, so we urge you to stand strong. Stand with that love and compassion as you stand for life, and know that we will stand with you until that great day comes when we restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law,” Pence concluded.