A pro-life organization honored President Donald Trump on Sunday as a “courageous” advocate for life.
The Hosea Initiative presented the Republican president with its Bernard N. Nathanson, MD “Courageous Witness for Life” Award in recognition of his leadership, The Christian Post reports.
Like Nathanson, a former abortion activist and abortionist who later became pro-life, Trump once supported abortion. Several years ago, however, the president said he changed his mind on the issue because of a personal experience. And true to his campaign promises, Trump has worked to defund the abortion industry of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. He has appointed pro-life, conservative judges to courts across the country and chosen pro-life advocates to help lead his administration.
Terry Beatley, founder and president of Hosea Initiative, praised Trump for having the “courage” to stand for “the right thing,” according to the report.
Dr. Ben Carson, a pro-life advocate who Trump appointed as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, attended the organization’s annual gala to accept the award for Trump, the report states.
“This is obviously something that is very near and dear to my heart, as a physician spending so much time working on little babies,” Carson said. He praised pro-life advocates for “the courage that each one of you has manifested.”
Trump has taken a number of important actions to protect unborn babies since he became president.
In one of his first acts as president, he reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to international groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The change defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars.
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Trump also repeatedly calls 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 pro-life medical workers 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 lost about $60 million in taxpayer funding through the policy change.
Trump also has appointed dozens of conservative judges to federal courts, including two to the U.S. Supreme Court.