For the third year in a row, President Trump offered his support for the March for Life in a video address to the largest pro-life rally in the nation by promising to veto any pro-abortion legislation that comes across his desk.
"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," Trump said in his video address. "And we have the support to uphold those vetoes. We know that every life has meaning and that every life is worth protecting; as president I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence, the right to life."
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews that President Trump's promise to veto all pro-abortion legislation sent a strong message to Democrats.
"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," said Dannenfelser. "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."
Throughout his speech, the president also affirmed the dignity of unborn children, saying that they display the "beauty in the human soul and the majesty of God's creation." He also recalled the many pro-life initiatives his administration has enacted, including the expansion of the Mexico City Policy, which defunds abortion overseas, and his religious freedom protections.
This marks the second year President Trump has addressed the March for Life via video. Last year, he addressed the March for Life directly. He is currently the only sitting president in U.S. history to speak at the pro-life rally.
Full text of his speech below provided by LifeNews:
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.