President Donald Trump gave a clear and forceful message on pro-life issues during the State of the Union Address tonight with approval of the speech unanimous among pro-life leaders across the world.
He slammed the governors of New York and Virginia for promoting abortion up to birth and infanticide. And he called for Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortions on babies who are capable of feeling pain.
There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days.
Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.
And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.
Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life.
And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth — all children — born and unborn— are made in the holy image of God.
In emails and phone conversations, pro-life groups praised the President:
Mary Kay Culp, president of Kansans for Life:
It was wonderful. I was surprised he pushed for a bill to end late-term abortions. I really think it is the fetal pain issue that will get us across the goal line. Research proves it. I’m really sickened that the Democrat women in white sat there staring but not surprising. God has his ways of helping us sometimes with someone who is flawed. Trump may be a bit flawed, but I read something the other day that when he was in a debate with Clinton and Trump brought up abortion, Tony Perkins realized at that moment that Trump would appoint pro-life judges to the courts.
It’s been a wonderful thing and we were not expecting it. When I saw him in Topeka and they had that sign that went across the arena that said ‘Promises Made. Promises Kept’ I thought to myself ‘yea, that’s exactly right.’ The haters are so convinced that abortion is right, that view is driving the opposition to Trump. Who would have ever thought that Trump would deliver a pro-life agenda from the White House? People who have come back from interviewing for positions have said Trump listens to good council and he has a lot of good people advising him on the culture issue. The evidence points to him listening and having a deep respect for people who value life. Sometimes you get a lot of little surprises and this is great. He reminds me of an ‘every man’ who doesn’t know a lot about the details of abortion but knows in his heart it is wrong. That’s exactly who it is.
Susan Klein, president Missouri Right to Life:
In Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Trump drew the nation’s attention to the extremism of the pro-abortion agenda and the need to protect the nation’s unborn children and their mothers by passing legislation such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
As he has multiple times in his Presidency, President Trump has taken action to protect the innocent child in the womb. Last night, President Trump once again recognized the humanity of these precious babies as well as the babies whose lives are at risk immediately upon birth. He asked Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb. The President used his State of the Union address to highlight the extremism of the pro-abortion agenda, most recently and fully on display in New York and Virginia, with their “abortion until birth” legislative efforts.
Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life:
We greatly appreciate the leadership President Trump has shown in advancing the cause for life during his time in office. Tonight, he used his State of the Union address to highlight the extremism of the pro-abortion agenda most recently and fully on display in New York and Virginia, and stressed the need for legislation like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. President Trump has once again demonstrated the paramount importance of protecting mothers and their unborn children.
In response, Susan B. Anthony List praised President Trump’s remarks:
“Once again President Trump has proved he is our nation’s most pro-life president ever and he is keeping his promise to the voters who fueled his victory,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The contrast between President Trump’s vision for the future and that of the Democratic Party, now dominated by abortion extremists, is stark. Senate Democrats had the chance yesterday to prove they are not the party of infanticide, and instead they doubled down on a radical agenda of abortion on demand through birth and even beyond. That position that is simply irreconcilable with the values of the American people. We ask Congress to heed President Trump’s request, and to send the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to his desk without delay. This popular, compassionate legislation would protect unborn babies after five months – more than halfway through pregnancy, and a point at least by which these children can feel the pain of abortion.”
“The greatness of our nation is defined by the way we treat the most innocent and vulnerable among us, and the time for choosing is more pivotal than ever. All decent Americans must stand up, speak out, and defeat abortion extremism at the ballot box in 2020.”
Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins:
“Never before has the contrast between the two parties been more clear, as there seems to be no line that the Democratic Party will draw when it comes to protecting either life in the womb or the health of women in abortion facilities. And as we saw with Pelosi’s guest, Planned Parenthood has friends in government as it draws in more than half-a-billion in taxpayer dollars.
“President Trump’s comments in support of life are an important call to action for all of us. I applaud him for using the bully pulpit to celebrate life.”