Pro-life groups celebrated the inauguration of President Donald Trump and his commitment to pro-life policies on Friday, marking the end of an eight-year struggle to protect lives under a pro-abortion White House administration.
Trump, who has committed to being a pro-life president, and Vice President Mike Pence, a strong pro-life leader throughout his government service, were sworn into office at noon Friday as the 45th presidential leaders of the United States.
In his address, President Trump promised to bring changes to America and to protect the “forgotten” people.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump said in his address. “We are transferring power from Washington DC, and giving it back to you, the people.”
Later, he continued: “And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.”
Pro-life leaders are hopeful that the Trump administration will include unborn babies among those whose rights were “forgotten” under the President Barack Obama administration.
“From the Cabinet, to the Supreme Court, to over 100 open federal judge seats, to the many other appointments, the next 100 days and beyond are critical and we need to surround the President in prayer to make wise decisions,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We are standing on the verge of major change that will reverberate around the world.”
Trump, who once described himself as pro-choice on abortion, now says he is pro-life. Many who were skeptical about the sincerity of his views felt reassured when he chose Pence and other strong pro-life leaders to help run his administration.
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In the past few months, Trump promised to nominate pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and to sign a bill to ban late-term abortions on unborn babies who can feel pain. He also vowed to sign a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect tax dollars to community health centers that provide comprehensive care without doing abortions. He said he also would make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer funding for abortions in Medicaid.
Karen Cross, political director for the National Right to Life Committee, also is hopeful that there soon will be new protections for unborn babies and moms in America.
“Trump’s victory means that the myriad of bills that pro-life senators and representatives work to pass, including the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ and the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,’ will not be blocked by veto threats, as they have been under Obama, and would have certainly faced under a [Hillary] Clinton presidency,” Cross wrote in National Right to Life News.
“When Vice President Biden announced ‘It’s over’ for Clinton, it means it’s not over for unborn babies who now have a fighting chance to live. 2016’s historic election means many more lives will be saved,” Cross continued.
On Inauguration Day, Devin Scribner, executive director of Ohio Right to Life, said he was thinking about the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the impact a pro-life presidential administration could have on that infamous decision.
“This Sunday, we will mark the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and remember the 60 million human lives who have been taken by legalized abortion,” Scribner said. “As somber a day this will inevitably be, we have reason to hope and believe that in the near future we will no longer have to protest this notorious decision.”
Previously, when asked if Roe v. Wade would be overturned by judges Trump would appoint, he said that would be the case.
“Well, if that would happen because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges,” Trump said. “Well if we put another two or perhaps three justices on that’s really what’s going to be — that will happen. It’ll happen automatically in my opinion because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”