The Family Research Council has listed 29 examples of pro-life actions President Trump has taken. It argues President Donald Trump is the most pro-life president the U.S. has ever had.
Claim: Trump is "the most pro-life president this country has ever seen."
Proof: Itemized list of significant actions President Trump and his administration have taken to protect life and human dignity.
— FRCAction (@FRCAction) October 30, 2020
In 2018, after it became public that organizations were using aborted baby tissue for medical research, the Trump administration directed the U.S. Department off Health and Human Services (HHS) to terminate a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources to procure fetal tissue from aborted babies for research. HHS also announced it would be auditing all acquisitions and research involving human fetal tissue.
In January 2019, at the request of 169 members of Congress and 49 senators, President Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in which he promised to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life Federal policies and laws.
HHS also finalized a new regulation governing the Title X family planning program and issued a new regulation to expand the structure in which federal conscience protections related to abortion are enforced.
After the extensive audit into fetal tissue research begun the previous year, the Trump administration announced in June 2019, a major change to enforcement of federally funded research contracts. HHS would no longer be allowed to conduct intramural (internal) research using aborted baby tissue and would greatly increase the ethics rules and safeguards that govern extramural (external) fetal tissue research contracts. All new external contracts would be subject to a congressionally authorized ethics advisory board, making it more difficult for fetal tissue research contracts to be awarded by the National Institute of Health.
In December 2019, the center for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final regulation to address an abortion surcharge that was hidden in many plans purchased on the national marketplace exchange. The rule changed aligned federal regulations with section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that consumers know their health care plan covers abortion and that funding for abortion is kept separate from all other covered services.
Since 2019 HHS has issued a notice of violation to the state of California, a Vermont medical center, and the HHS’ Office of Civil Rights resolved complaints filed against Alabama, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee for violating federal statutes.
Trump called on Congress to pass legislation that would ban late-term abortions, and was responsible for 34 countries signing an agreement to oppose abortion as an international right.
Although three Republican presidents before him claim/ed to be pro-life, President Trump was the first sitting president to give remarks in-person at the 2020 annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. No president before him bothered to show up.
In his address he declared that every child is a sacred gift from God and reiterated his commitment to defend the dignity and sanctity of every human life.
In August, 2020, the Trump administration convened the Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board as part of a 2019 fetal tissue research policy. The board was initially tasked with issuing recommendations on the ethics of fetal tissue research proposals, and this year recommended against federal funding for 13 out of 14 proposals it evaluated, expressing concerns about how aborted baby tissue would be used.
On September 25, President Trump signed an executive order to reinforce existing protections for children born prematurely, with disabilities, or in medical distress, including infants who survive abortion.
On October 22, the U.S. and 34 countries signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration, a culmination of more than one year of diplomacy.
Signers of the declaration agree to “reaffirm the inherent dignity and worth of the human person,” that “every human being has the inherent right to life,” and that “in no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.”
Highlights of the declaration include:
- “There is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion;”
- “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State;”
- “Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance;”
- “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The Trump administration had previously chastised the United Nations for “undermining the role of the family” by promoting abortion, and reprimanded the U.N. this year for promoting abortion as part of the global response to the coronavirus shutdowns.
Secretary Pompeo said President Trump “has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always. He’s done it like no other President in history. We’ve also mounted an unprecedented defense of the unborn abroad.”
The Geneva Declaration “protects women’s health, defends the unborn, and reiterates the vital importance of the family as the foundation of society.”