Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Sanctity of Life: A March and a Proclamation

 

Every January since 1974, tens of thousands have come together in Washington, DC, for the March for Life. This year, the march will be held on Friday, January 24. It will be reliably unreported and unreliably reported upon, as it always has been.

Some years, the president is hostile and sometimes sympathetic, on the surface, for electoral reasons at least. Since 2017, President Trump has been clearly sympathetic for both the transactional reason of electoral support and as a matter of personal conviction that seems to map fairly closely with where the American center has come: a revulsion with ghoulish late-term procedures. We first saw that in his fiery answer in the final 2016 presidential debate (at 17:46).

President Trump has issued a proclamation declaring January 22 to be “National Sanctity of Life Day.” That is because the US Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973.

President Ronald Reagan declared Jan. 22, 1984 to be National Sanctity of Human Life Day, and annually declared a similar day each year of his presidency. President George Bush did the same, as did President George W. Bush.

President Donald Trump declared a National Sanctity of Human Life Day in 2018 and 2019.

It is a powerful statement, with some phrases that both parties used to at least pay lip service [emphasis added below]. Remember “safe, legal, and rare?” Claims in the proclamation show President Trump has been working towards keeping longtime GOP promises, within the limits of his powers.

Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2020
LAW & JUSTICE | Issued on: January 21, 2020

Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value. Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must be defended. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death.

Recently, we have seen decreases in the total number and rate of abortions in our country. From 2007-2016, the most recent period of analysis, the number and rate of abortions decreased by 24 percent and 26 percent, respectively. The rate of teen pregnancies — the vast majority of which are unplanned — has almost continuously decreased over the last quarter century, contributing to the lowest rate of abortions among adolescents since the legalization of abortion in 1973. All Americans should celebrate this decline in the number and rate of abortions, which represents lives saved. Still, there is more to be done, and, as President, I will continue to fight to protect the lives of the unborn. I signed into law legislation under the Congressional Review Act that allows States and other grantees to exclude organizations that perform abortions from their Title X projects. My Administration has also issued regulations to ensure Title X family planning projects are clearly separated from those that perform, promote, or refer for abortion as a method of family planning; to protect the conscience rights of healthcare workers and organizations, including with respect to abortion; and to ensure the Federal Government does not force employers that object, based on religious belief or moral conviction, to provide insurance for contraceptives, including those they believe cause early abortions. Additionally, I have called on the Congress to act to prohibit abortions of later-term babies who can feel pain.

My Administration is also building an international coalition to dispel the concept of abortion as a fundamental human right. So far, 24 nations representing more than a billion people have joined this important cause. We oppose any projects that attempt to assert a global right to taxpayer‑funded abortion on demand, up to the moment of delivery. And we will never tire of defending innocent life — at home or abroad.

As a Nation, we must remain steadfastly dedicated to the profound truth that all life is a gift from God, who endows every person with immeasurable worth and potential. Countless Americans are tireless defenders of life and champions for the vulnerable among us. We are grateful for those who support women experiencing unexpected pregnancies, those who provide healing to women who have had abortions, and those who welcome children into their homes through foster care and adoption. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonderful gift of life and renew our resolve to build a culture where life is always revered.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2020, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born. I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home. And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Published in Domestic Policy
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There are 7 comments.

  1. Manny Member

    Friday will be my fifth straight attendance on the annual March. Pro-Life is my biggest issue. 

    • #1
    • January 22, 2020, at 4:10 PM PST
    • 9 likes
  2. JennaStocker Member

    Thank you for writing this post. The March for Life is, like you wrote, maddeningly underreported. Worse, it’s misreported as a march against women which is absolutely ludicrous. But with the impeachment trial taking center ring in today’s media circus, I cannot imagine much coverage remaining for the ever hopeful, uplifting, and gallant message of the participants. And that is a tragedy in itself.

    • #2
    • January 22, 2020, at 9:18 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  3. Rodin Member

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Thank you for writing this post. The March for Life is, like you wrote, maddeningly underreported. Worse, it’s misreported as a march against women which is absolutely ludicrous. But with the impeachment trial taking center ring in today’s media circus, I cannot imagine much coverage remaining for the ever hopeful, uplifting, and gallant message of the participants. And that is a tragedy in itself.

    With Trump showing up it is going to get coverage …. of a kind. 

    • #3
    • January 22, 2020, at 10:02 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  4. JennaStocker Member

    Rodin (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Thank you for writing this post. The March for Life is, like you wrote, maddeningly underreported. Worse, it’s misreported as a march against women which is absolutely ludicrous. But with the impeachment trial taking center ring in today’s media circus, I cannot imagine much coverage remaining for the ever hopeful, uplifting, and gallant message of the participants. And that is a tragedy in itself.

    With Trump showing up it is going to get coverage …. of a kind.

    Ha! Yup.

    • #4
    • January 22, 2020, at 10:15 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  5. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Rodin (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Thank you for writing this post. The March for Life is, like you wrote, maddeningly underreported. Worse, it’s misreported as a march against women which is absolutely ludicrous. But with the impeachment trial taking center ring in today’s media circus, I cannot imagine much coverage remaining for the ever hopeful, uplifting, and gallant message of the participants. And that is a tragedy in itself.

    With Trump showing up it is going to get coverage …. of a kind.

    Ha! Yup.

    The first president, including Reagan and both Bushes, ever to address the March for Life in person. He addressed the March for Life by live video in 2018. In 2017, in the first week of his administration, he sent Vice President Pence to address the March for Life live. For the 2019 March for Life, President Trump provided a prerecorded message.

    • #5
    • January 22, 2020, at 11:22 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  6. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    Very proud of the president for doing this.

    To any Ricochetti attending, please be safe! Trump and Pro-Life tend to bring out the worst of the left.

    • #6
    • January 23, 2020, at 5:19 AM PST
    • 7 likes
  7. Manny Member

    Rodin (View Comment):

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    Thank you for writing this post. The March for Life is, like you wrote, maddeningly underreported. Worse, it’s misreported as a march against women which is absolutely ludicrous. But with the impeachment trial taking center ring in today’s media circus, I cannot imagine much coverage remaining for the ever hopeful, uplifting, and gallant message of the participants. And that is a tragedy in itself.

    With Trump showing up it is going to get coverage …. of a kind.

    That’s going to be so exciting!!!

    • #7
    • January 23, 2020, at 10:55 AM PST
    • 2 likes