Donald Trump proclaims National Sanctity of Human Life Day
Ahead of his departure from the White House, President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation recognising this Friday as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. This year marks the fourth year in a row that Trump has recognised National Sanctity of Human Life Day in January. The 22nd of January marks the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making abortion a national right.
The president used the proclamation to speak out against the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade, tout his administration’s accomplishments on behalf of the pro-life movement and call on the American people to respect the sanctity of life. He began by declaring that every human life is “a gift to the world.”
“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,” the proclamation reads.
Trump described Roe as a “constitutionally flawed ruling” that “overturned State laws that banned abortion.” The proclamation claims that the ruling “has resulted in the loss of more than fifty million innocent lives.” The proclamation praises the activism of the pro-life movement and its advocates, who support policy initiatives that restrict the legality of abortion. He cited “the devotion of countless pro-life pioneers” as the reason why “the rate of abortions has steadily decreased.”
He specifically referenced his reinstatement and expansion of the Mexico City Policy, which bans the use of taxpayer funds for non governmental organisations that promote abortion. He also mentioned his appointment of more than 200 judges to the federal judiciary as well as his administration’s efforts to “improve our Nation’s adoption and foster care system, secure more funding for Down syndrome research, and expand health services for single mothers.”
“At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life,” he added. “Just a few months ago, our Nation also joined thirty-two 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.”
Given the narrow Democratic majorities in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and the fact Democrat Joe Biden is slated to replace him in the White House, Trump’s call for pro-life legislation will likely go unanswered for the time being.