Before departing office, President Donald Trump has declared January 22, 2021 National Sanctity of Human Life Day. For pro-life Americans, this is encouraging, as the next two years could see the expanding of abortion access and the repealing of the Hyde Amendment, forcing all Americans to pay for abortion through taxes.
In a statement released on the White House website, Trump wrote, “Every human life is a gift to the world. Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God. The Almighty Creator gives unique talents, beautiful dreams, and a great purpose to every person. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.”
This is the fourth year in a row that the Trump administration has recognized the loss of more than 50 million preborn babies to abortion, though it’s unclear if the incoming administration of Joe Biden can reverse this proclamation.
The statement continues, “This month, we mark nearly 50 years since the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. This constitutionally flawed ruling overturned State laws that banned abortion and has resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives. But strong mothers, courageous students, and incredible community members and people of faith are leading a powerful movement to awaken America’s conscience and restore the belief that every life is worthy of respect, protection, and care. Because of the devotion of countless pro-life pioneers, the call for every person to recognize the sanctity of life is resounding more loudly in America than ever before. Over the last decade, the rate of abortions has steadily decreased, and today, more than three out of every four Americans support restrictions on abortion.”
Last year, President Trump attended the March for Life in Washington D.C., becoming the first sitting president in history to address the thousands who attended. It was a momentous day for pro-life supporters.
As an avid supporter of the pro-life movement, the outgoing president often argues that he has done more than any other president in history to support and defend life inside the womb.
“Since my first day in office, I have taken historic action to protect innocent lives at home and abroad. I reinstituted and strengthened President Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title Ten taxpayer funding, and took action to protect the conscience rights of doctors, nurses, and organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor. My Administration has protected the vital role of faith-based adoption. At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life. Just a few months ago, our Nation also joined 32 other countries in signing the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which bolsters global efforts to provide better healthcare to women, protect all human life, and strengthen families.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2021, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born. 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.”
The incoming Biden administration already has plans to roll back several of Trump’s pro-life policies, with the support of Planned Parenthood.
“We have a ton of work to do to undo the harm over the last four years, but knowing we have champions there who understand what needs to happen in the first 100 days is tremendously exciting,” Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, said.
The next two years could result in many changes in regard to abortion, including the repealing of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions.
So, this National Sanctity of Human Life Day, commit to praying for the lives of preborn babies, mothers and fathers throughout the country. Over the next two to four years, they will need it now more than ever.
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