President Donald Trump plans to announce his campaign for re-election Tuesday in Orlando, Florida after developing an extensive pro-life record in office.
The Republican president faces a crowded Democratic field of candidates who have pledged to support abortion on demand and to force taxpayers to pay for them. Many of the leading contenders also voted against a bill to protect newborns from infanticide.
Meanwhile, Trump, who initially caused doubts among some pro-lifers, has shown himself to be an advocate for unborn babies, their mothers and pro-life advocates.
As supporters lined up for the campaign rally this week, several told reporters that Trump’s pro-life record is one of their primary reasons for supporting him.
Greg Madden, 39, of Stuart, Florida, began camping out for his chance at a seat at the rally on Sunday, according to USA Today.
“He’s the first president in my lifetime who does the right thing by the American people,” Madden said. “He’s restored my faith in humanity.”
Maureen LaBree, of Leesburg, told the news outlet that she supports Trump because of his pro-life record.
“Every baby is a new life,” LaBree said. Every abortion “breaks the heart of God.”
The Orlando Sentinel noted that hundreds of people were waiting in line for the rally by Monday afternoon. One of the campers, Terri Pietroburgo, 55, of Leesburg, praised the president’s actions on abortion and religious liberty.
“I love that he stands up for the unborn, I love that he stands up for Christians, I love that he stands up for Americans,” Pietroburgo told the newspaper.
At least one national pro-life leader plan to attend the rally as well to show his support for the president. Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said he looks forward to celebrating life at the kick-off rally.
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“I’m looking forward to supporting President Trump and Vice President Pence tonight as they outline plans for continuing their successful efforts to keep America great,” Pavone said.
Pro-life leaders have praised the Trump administration repeatedly for working to protect unborn babies from abortion.
“President Trump has gone further to serve unborn children and their mothers than any president before him. His bold leadership has truly saved countless lives,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, who served as chair of President Trump’s Pro-life Coalition after securing four pro-life commitments from the nominee during the 2016 campaign. “From stopping taxpayer funding of abortion and of experimentation involving aborted baby body parts, to protecting conscience rights, to calling out extremist Democrats who support abortion on demand through birth and even infanticide, to his two outstanding Supreme Court justices and transformation of the federal courts, President Trump has beyond delivered on his promises to the pro-life voters who propelled him to victory in 2016.”
She told LifeNews: “The stakes of this election could not be higher as Democratic contenders line up to pander to the radical abortion lobby and declare war on even the most popular, modest pro-life policies, like the Hyde Amendment. This cycle SBA List will spend $41 million expanding to priority states, working closely with local allies on the most ambitious pro-life legislative agenda yet to aggressively challenge, erode, and finally, overturn Roe v. Wade. Our team will be working hard through Election Day to educate millions of voters, expose the extremism of Trump’s opponents, elect pro-life leaders to Congress and in the states, and win a second term for the most pro-life president in history.”
In one of his first acts as president, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The change defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars.
Trump has repeatedly called out the Democratic Party’s extreme position on abortion. During his state of the union address this year, Trump slammed the governors of New York and Virginia for promoting abortion up to birth and infanticide. He also called for Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortions on babies who are capable of feeling pain.
Trump and his administration have made a number of changes to protect those who morally object to abortions, expanding conscience protections for medical workers who believe it is wrong to kill an unborn baby and increasing religious exemptions for Obamacare.
His administration also intervened to stop the United Nations from supporting abortion in a resolution about sexual violence. In 2018, under his leadership, the State Department removed references to the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby from a global human rights report as well.
This spring, the administration also finalized a new Title X rule that requires health care entities to completely separate abortion from their taxpayer-funded services. Planned Parenthood, which already has said it will not comply, could lose about $60 million annually through the policy change. However, the abortion group is suing to block the cuts.
Trump has appointed dozens of conservative judges to federal courts as well, including two to the U.S. Supreme Court.