Beginning at 2PM EST on Wednesday, Vice President Pence hosted a pro-life celebration titled “Life is Winning: Celebrating 4 Years of Pro-Life Accomplishments.” The event, held in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), chronicled the success that the pro-life movement has had over the past four years of the Trump Administration.
The event also featured remarks from Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Vice President Pence has been a champion for the pro-life movement throughout his time in politics.
As a member of the House of Representatives, then-Representative Pence voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 which passed the 108th Congress and was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
In his speech, Vice President Pence said, “I’ve long believed that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable: the aged and the infirm, the disabled and the unborn.”
He noted that he was the first vice president in American history “to ever address the March for Life on the National Mall.” The march is a massive pro-life rally held annually in Washington, D.C. He also touted working with Congress to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood as one of the main pro-life accomplishments of the Trump Administration.
“The year before we took office, we actually witnessed, along with the American people, the undercover videos that showed horrific conversations about the sale and transfer of parts of aborted babies. It’s just unconscionable,” the vice president asserted.
“But thanks to President Trump’s leadership, in March of 2017, I had the honor of casting the tiebreaking vote in the United States Senate to allow every state in America to defund Planned Parenthood, and President Trump signed it into law.”
And early in his keynote, Vice President Pence gave a shout out to many key pro-life organizations around the country, including Focus on the Family.
“Our thanks to the Susan B. Anthony List, the Students for Life, to March for Life Action, to Focus on the Family, to Concerned Women for America, and Family Research Council, and all of you who have organized and mobilized around America for the sanctity of life,” the vice president stated.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who spoke after the vice president’s speech, touted President Trump’s work transforming the federal judiciary.
“When I’m often asked, what is the most important accomplishment of this president, it is hands down what he has done for the judiciary,” she said. “We have freedom-loving justices and judges across this country, for many purposes, to protect our liberties. One among them, that is central to the element of our founding documents… is life.”
Speaking from her experience as a new mother, McEnany said that the pro-life issue, which she has always been passionate about, has now become real to her.
She also mentioned Focus on the Family in her remarks:
The White House often calls President Trump the “most pro-life president in American history.”
President Trump’s list of pro-life accomplishments is extensive. Shortly after being inaugurated, the president restored the Mexico City policy which prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding organizations that provide abortions overseas.
The president signed the Protect Life Rule which cut $60 million in Title X taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood.
President Trump also became the first American president in history to attend the March for Life.
Speaking from the National Mall on January 25, 2020, the president declared from the podium, “We’re here for a very simple reason, to defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.”
And in a Presidential Message delivered on October 1, 2020, President Trump proclaimed that unborn babies with Down syndrome are “worthy of life.”
“As President, I denounce radical proposals to terminate pregnancies of unborn children with Down syndrome,” he said. “Our Nation will continue to emphatically affirm the self-evident ideal that all children—born and unborn—are created in the image of God, are worthy of life, and deserve to be loved.”
Vice President Pence, in concluding his remarks at today’s celebration, exhorted Americans to continue fighting for life in the months and years ahead.
“Do not grow weary in doing well, because in the last four years, we’ve shown when men and women of faith and conviction come together to stand up for the unborn, to speak out for the voiceless, life can win in America,” he said. “And with your help and God’s help, life will keep on winning in the United States of America.”
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