Is Donald Trump the Most Pro-Life President in American History?


Mike Pence thinks so:

Vice President Mike Pence told tens of thousands of pro-life activists gathered in D.C. that President Trump is the “most pro-life president in American history.”

In his remarks to the 45th March for Life, which were broadcast live via satellite from the Rose Garden, the vice president said the U.S. Supreme Court launched the pro-life movement 45 years ago when it created a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade.

“A movement that continues to win hearts and minds,” Mr. Pence said. “A movement defined by generosity, compassion and love, and a movement that one year ago tomorrow inaugurated the most pro-life president in American history, President Donald Trump.”

He touted Mr. Trump’s pro-life accomplishments, including “preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortions overseas” and “nominating judges who will uphold our God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States.”

“This president has been a tireless defender of life and conscience in America,” he said. “And today, President Trump will do even more to defend the must vulnerable in our society.”

This means nothing.  Trump has done nothing yet to limit abortions in America.  Let’s see how significantly abortion declines during his presidency and then we can talk.  Abortions have been declining in America since 2006.  Let’s see if Trump can keep it going.  (Of course you want to define “pro-life” in a way that includes the protection of human life outside the womb, we need to have another conversation).

So far, Barack Obama appears to be the most pro-life president in American history since Roe v. Wade.  In fact, abortions shrunk every year Obama was in office.

3 thoughts on “Is Donald Trump the Most Pro-Life President in American History?

  1. Thanks for the comment. My reference to Obama was simply meant to show how silly it is to say ANY president is the “most pro-life.”


  2. Your quest to “get” Trump has clouded your reasoning. The abortion rate depends on a lot of factors that are independent of the president. Prolifers have been chipping away at access at the state level for sometime, and the GOP has held a comfortable majority at the state level during the Obama administration. Additionally, culture matters. Parents are far more hands-on now than they were in the 80’s. Helicopter moms and structured extracurriculars have had an impact. The internet matters as well – access to porn has displaced sexual activity for a lot of teens. The list of factors goes on… I don’t think all of these trends are good ones, but they do affect the abortion rate and have nothing to do with the president.

    Now Trump may be more committed to the proliferation movement, or his prolife rhetoric maybe empty. His judicial appointees certainly suggest the former. And we know that law influences behavior. A few judicial picks like Gorsuch to the SC and it is not unlikely that we will see stronger prohibitions against abortion and a steeper decline in the rate.


  3. Everyone who voted for Barak Obama did so knowing he would nominate judges who could be counted on to strike down restrictions on abortion; and indeed, that’s exactly what he did.


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