President Donald Trump started off his speech at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast assuring faith leaders, “I will never let you down … Never.”
Among his list of actions and vows to the faith community, the one that received the most enthusiastic applause was his commitment to protect the unborn.
“All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God,” Trump said to a standing ovation as he vowed to “build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life.”
“Every life is sacred and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven. As the Lord says in Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.’”
His words come as more states are introducing bills that would allow abortion up to birth. New York passed such a law last month to the horror of pro-lifers and the faith community. While similar legislation was voted down in Virginia, Rhode Island and Vermont are now considering bills to remove restrictions on abortion until the moment of birth.
Trump highlighted the miracle of a premature baby, Grayson Watkinson, who was born during a snowstorm in Virginia at 24 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 11 ounces. To the surprise of doctors, he not only survived but improved over the next few months.
Grayson just celebrated his first birthday and is a healthy boy today.
“As his mom Nikki has said, he was put on this earth to do big things. He may be here someday,” Trump said, pointing at his position at the podium. “Nikki, he already has and he will do more and more as he grows older.”
During his 20-minute speech, Trump also vowed to protect religious liberty, including that of faith-based adoption agencies which have been challenged in various states to either allow children to be placed with same-sex couples or shut down.
St. Vincent Catholic Charities is currently in the midst of a court battle after the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state of Michigan on behalf of two lesbian couples. The lawsuit seeks to end funding to faith-based agencies that do not place children with same-sex couples.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Sheryl Lynn