President Trump, “I will work with the Congress to end taxpayer funding of Abortion”
US Vice President Mike Pence told a crowd gathered Friday in Washington, DC for the annual March for Life rally that ending taxpayer-funded abortion and choosing a Supreme Court justice who will uphold “God-given” liberties are among top priorities of the Trump Administration.
One of President Trump’s 1st official acts after taking office a week ago was to sign an executive order banning US aid to foreign groups that provide abortions. VP Pence said more such action will continue.
President Trump will “work with the Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers, and we will devote those resources to health care services for women across America,” said VP Pence to the crowd gathered near the Washington Monument.
The VP also accused the US Supreme Court, in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, of having “turned away from these timeless ideals.”
VP Pence said Trump would be nominating a Supreme Court justice next week who “will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution.”
The March for Life is usually held on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, January 22, but it was pushed back this year because of Presidetn Trump’s Inauguration.
VP Pence is the 1st sitting Vice President to address the march.
Earlier, Trump tweeted his support of the march.
President Trump showed his support for the march in 2 tweets Friday morning, saying the gathering is “so important.”
“The horizon looked bleak for the pro-life movement,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life.
Mancini suggested that many voters chose Trump largely because he pledged to appoint a Supreme Court justice who shared their views on abortion, even if they disagreed with him on other issues.
“I don’t identify as a Republican or a Democrat but I do vote pro-life,” Mancini said.
Abortion opponents also were heartened by a recent study that found the number of abortions in the United States dropped under 1-M in Y 2014, the lowest total in 40 years. The report by the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights, credited increased access to birth control but also a surge in abortion restrictions in many states.
The latest Gallup survey, released last Spring, found that 47% of Americans described themselves as pro-choice and 46% as pro-life. It also found that 79% believed abortion should be legal in either some or all circumstances.
Friday’s march comes less than a week after the Women’s March on Washington, which drew about 500,000 people opposed to President Trump on issues including abortion.
Have a terrific weekend.