Trump Issues Proclamation Protecting Life On National Human Life Day

President Trump issued a statement on Tuesday proclaiming January 22, 2020, National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The president said the day should be recognized to defend the born and unborn alike and assuring protections for all people.

“Today, I call on Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home. And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.”

“Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value,” the president continued. “Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must be defended. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death.”

Trump also addressed an issue at the center of National Human Life Day — abortion.

The number of abortions and its rate are going down, Trump claimed, citing a period of 2007 to 2016 where the figures decreased by 24 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

“The rate of teen pregnancies — the vast majority of which are unplanned — has almost continuously decreased over the last quarter-century, contributing to the lowest rate of abortions among adolescents since the legalization of abortion in 1973,” Trump added. “All Americans should celebrate this decline in the number and rate of abortions, which represents lives saved.”

“Still, there is more to be done, and, as President, I will continue to fight to protect the lives of the unborn,” he affirmed.

Trump continued:

I signed into law legislation under the Congressional Review Act that allows States and other grantees to exclude organizations that perform abortions from their Title X projects. My Administration has also issued regulations to ensure Title X family planning projects are clearly separated from those that perform, promote, or refer for abortion as a method of family planning; to protect the conscience rights of healthcare workers and organizations, including with respect to abortion; and to ensure the Federal Government does not force employers that object, based on religious belief or moral conviction, to provide insurance for contraceptives, including those they believe cause early abortions. Additionally, I have called on the Congress to act to prohibit abortions of later-term babies who can feel pain.

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My Administration is also building an international coalition to dispel the concept of abortion as a fundamental human right. So far, 24 nations representing more than a billion people have joined this important cause. We oppose any projects that attempt to assert a global right to taxpayer‑funded abortion on demand, up to the moment of delivery. And we will never tire of defending innocent life — at home or abroad.

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