During an address to the annual March For Life on Friday, President Donald Trump said he believes “every person is worth saving.”
The event draws hundreds of thousands of people to Washington, D.C. every year and 2020 was no different. Attendees listen to pro-life messages and speakers while voicing their opposition to abortion.
In the past, Vice President Mike Pence has addressed the crowd and President Trump has done so by video. But this year he became the first U.S. president to go in person.
“It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life!” Trump told the crowd. “We’re here for a very simple reason — to defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.”
“Every life brings love into this world,” Trump said. “Every person is worth protecting.”
The president criticized several Democrats during his speech over their comments about supporting abortion up to the end of the third trimester.
He singled out Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, who suggested last year that mothers and doctors ought to be able to kill children even shortly following birth.
“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam said during an interview last year.
The president has persistently enacted pro-life policies since taking office. They include an order that taxpayer funds can no longer be used to fund abortion referrals under Title X.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, opted out of Title X program funding instead of ending the practice of referring women for abortions.
Also Friday, the Trump administration warned California it would losing federal funds if it did not stop requiring in-state health insurers to cover elective abortions.