Forty-seven years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion throughout the country. Since then, approximately 60 million babies have died as a result of abortion.
The magnitude of this tragedy cannot be overstated. Despite life being an “unalienable right,” as proclaimed by the Declaration of Independence, millions of innocent human lives have been unjustly extinguished as the result of egregious judicial activism.
In recognition of this tragedy, President Donald J. Trump has once again designated January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Last year, the President marked the occasion by noting the human cost of abortion, saying, “We mourn the lives cut short, and the tremendous promise lost, as a result of abortion. As a Nation, we must resolve to protect innocent human life at every stage.”
This coming Friday, hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters will gather in Washington, D.C. to take part in the 47th annual March for Life. While they will mourn the millions of Americans who never had a chance to be born, they will also celebrate the pro-life movement’s growing momentum and many significant public policy accomplishments that protect life. Last year, President Trump addressed the marchers, pledging continued support for the movement. “Every child is a sacred gift from God,” the President stated. He later vowed to veto any legislation that “weakens the protection of human life.”
In addition to delivering strong public statements in support of life, the Trump administration has taken significant action to protect the unborn and limit abortion. In President Trump’s first week in office, he reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, in order to prevent taxpayer funds in all global health programs from going to foreign non-governmental organizations that provide or actively promote abortion. In May 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) introduced a new regulation that prohibits recipients of Title X family planning funding from providing or referring patients for abortions. As a result of the new rule, Planned Parenthood voluntarily withdrew from Title X, effectively defunding itself of $60 million in annual revenue.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, David Closson and Tessa Longbons