President Trump made a vow on Friday to the American people at the annual March For Life that he will veto any legislation that “weakens the protection of human life.”
“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 said to the crowd who gathered in the nation’s capital for the annual pro-life march in D.C. “Every child is a sacred gift from God,” Trump said in the message to those in attendance.
Vice-President Mike Pence was also a speaker at the event this year where he made strong statements in favor of the president’s pro-life position. “In the last two years, President Trump kept his promise, and he appointed more conservative men and women to our Federal Court of Appeals than any president in American history,” Pence said. He continued, “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.”
It is worth noting that the President’s strong message in favor of life as the chief of all liberties, citing our Declaration of Independence, reinstating “The Mexico City Policy”, supporting adoption, and working to make the Hyde Amendment permanent is a complete 180 degree turn from the Donald Trump we have seen in the past. His comment from 1999 that he was “pro-choice in every respect” brought a lot of heat on the president during the 2016 Republican primary.
President Trump has changed his previous stance on abortion, and has since been embraced by pro-life advocacy groups. Much of that could possibly be contributed to the his statement in 2016, citing a change of heart, “I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”
Another point worth noting is the wide range of lawmakers in attendance this year, including Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski, (IL) who is one of the few Democrats in the House who opposes abortion, and who faced a tough primary last year. “We’ve got Republicans, Independents, Democrats, but we’re all here because we agree on one thing: every life is sacred and needs to be protected,” Lipinski said.