President Trump delivered remarks at the 47th annual March for Life, making a bit of history at the same time.
Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to attend and the first to speak as well.
Fox News reports
President Trump on Friday became the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life rally in Washington, appealing to the anti-abortion movement with a call to protect the sanctity of life while accusing Democrats of becoming more “radical” on the issue.
The president, who for years was pro-choice, has since embraced a pro-life position and made clear on Friday that he plans to continue that agenda as he seeks reelection. Underscoring Trump’s stance, his administration hours earlier moved to challenge California over a rule that mandates insurance plans cover elective abortion.
“It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life,” Trump told the crowd in Washington. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House. … Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.”
The president also panned Democrats’ stances on abortion as “extreme” and went out of his way to thank the “tens of thousands of high school and college students who took long bus rides to be here in our nation’s capital.”
“When it comes to abortion, Democrats … have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades and you could even say for centuries,” Trump said, accusing many of supporting “taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth.”
While many Democrats have embraced more permissive stances on abortion – with the word “rare” seemingly disappearing from the “safe, legal and rare” slogan coined by former President Bill Clinton – there are still pro-life Democrats. Last year, for example, Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill that would prohibit women from having an abortion once a baby’s heartbeat is detected, in almost all cases.