WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in a pre-recorded video to 1000’s of anti-abortion activists in Washington on Friday for the 46th March for Life, vowing to veto any laws that “weakens the protection of human life.”
The occasion is the biggest annual gathering within the United States of opponents of the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. That ruling discovered that sure state legal guidelines outlawing abortion had been an unconstitutional violation of a girl’s proper to privateness, successfully legalizing abortion nationwide.
“As president, I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence, the right to life,” Trump mentioned in remarks recorded within the Oval Office, a proper he mentioned prolonged to “unborn children.”
Vice President Mike Pence appeared onstage at the rally to introduce the video, calling Trump, who earlier than coming into politics mentioned he supported abortion entry, “the most pro-life president in American history.”
During his 2016 marketing campaign, Trump vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices he believed would overturn Roe. He has since appointed two justices to the courtroom, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, cementing the courtroom’s 6-Three conservative-leaning majority.
Since the heated Senate affirmation hearings for Kavanaugh, the courtroom has steered away from some instances on unstable social points involving abortion.
Marchers held indicators saying “Pray to End Abortion” and calling for the defunding Planned Parenthood, a nationwide healthcare supplier that gives abortions. “My unexpected pregnancy is now 30!” learn one other signal.
One marcher mentioned she had an abortion when she was 15 however had been opposed to abortion ever for the reason that start of her first daughter.
“Every child is human even in utero and they deserve the right to life,” Sheila, a 56-year-old Maryland resident, mentioned in an interview, declining to give her final identify due to the political divisiveness of the topic.
Speakers at this 12 months’s rally embrace Congressman Dan Lipinski, a Democrat, and Congressman Chris Smith, a Republican.
Supporters of abortion entry say bans infringe on girls’s rights and well being, and lead to better charges of damage and dying amongst pregnant girls.
About half of U.S. adults say abortion ought to be authorized, in accordance to a Reuters/Ipsos ballot final 12 months, with about 68 % of Democrats supporting abortion entry in contrast to about 31 % of Republicans.
Additional reporting and writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Scott Malone, Bill Berkrot and Tom Brown
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