Amid applause from religious conservatives at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Gala in Washington D.C. on Saturday, former President Donald Trump proudly proclaimed himself “the most pro-life president” in U.S. history. The occasion marked the first anniversary of the Dobbs v Jackson ruling, which overturned the controversial Roe v Wade decision from 1973.
President Trump gets standing ovation celebrating the overturning of Roe V. Wade.
“I am proud to be the most Pro-Life President in U.S. history” pic.twitter.com/T9AytH01kS
— Abraham Enriquez (@AbeEnriquez) June 25, 2023
During his speech, Trump acknowledged the significance of the Dobbs v Jackson ruling, which has paved the way for several state-level laws restricting abortions. The former president, known for his strong anti-abortion views, took credit for influencing the Supreme Court’s decision even though the ruling came after his time as president.
Despite leaving the White House before the Dobbs ruling, many attribute Trump’s impact to the subsequent shift in the court’s composition.
However, he faced criticism from some pro-life advocates for his comments on Florida’s abortion law, which limits abortions to the first six weeks of pregnancy. Addressing these concerns, Trump shared a story of a woman defending him to other conservatives. She highlighted that “his guy ended Roe v Wade,” illustrating the perception among some supporters.
Trump further expressed his commitment to protecting the unborn, emphasizing the historic actions he took from his first day in office.
“From my first day in office, I took historic action to protect the unborn, very historic. Nobody else did anything near what we did,” he stated, citing the reinstatement of the Mexico City policy, preventing organizations abroad that perform abortions from receiving federal funding.
The former president went on to call out pro-abortion activists, accusing them of advocating for “unlimited abortion on demand and even executing babies after birth.” He labeled these individuals as the “radical people,” suggesting that “they are the people that are really in trouble with the Lord.”
Trump echoed the pro-life message prevalent among Christians, emphasizing the sanctity of all life, including the lives of the unborn. “Every child, born or unborn, is a sacred gift from God,” he stated.
Trump’s declaration comes in the wake of criticisms from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who implied that the GOP presidential candidate may be softening his position on the issue of abortion.
When asked by CBN News Reporter David Brody if “the former President’s going soft then on abortion a little bit,” DeSantis answered, “I think so,” drawing issue with Trump’s non-supportive stance on Florida’s adoption of the heartbeat bill.
While Trump solidified his position on pro-life issues, he is yet to reveal details on federal anti-abortion laws he would be championing if he reclaims the presidential seat.