Former President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was proud to be the “most pro-life president” in US history as religious conservatives marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v Wade.
Trump spoke before the Faith & Freedom Coalition Gala in Washington DC, and noted that he was speaking on the one-year anniversary of the Dobbs v Jackson ruling.
In that decision, the conservative majority overruled Roe v Wade — which in 1973 ruled that the right to an abortion is protected by the Constitution. Since the Dobbs ruling several laws limiting abortion have been passed at the state level.
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Trump has been criticized by some pro-life advocates after he called Florida’s law limiting abortions in the first six weeks of pregnancy “extreme.”
On Saturday, he told off those who see him as not being pro-life enough with a story of a woman who defended him to other conservatives by saying “her man ended Roe v Wade. “
Although the decision came in 2022 after he left the White House, Trump has been accused of influencing the decision by his appointment of three conservative justices to the Supreme Court during his time in office.
Trump welcomed the comparison.
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“And that’s what I say to myself, really. But I’m proud to be the most pro-life president in American history,” he said.
“From my first day in office, I took historic action to protect the unborn, very historic.
Trump cited measures including the restoration of the Mexico City policy — which prohibits federal funding from going to overseas organizations that perform abortions.
He also took aim at pro-abortion activists, accusing them of wanting “unlimited abortion on demand and even killing babies after birth.”
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“They are the radical people if they are ready to kill a child after birth, they are ready to go beyond nine months. They are the radical people. They are the people who have a problem with God,” he said .
He also emphasized the pro-life message often put forth by Christians that all life is sacred – even the life of the unborn.
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“Every child, born or unborn, is a sacred gift from God,” he said.