In a statement acknowledging the 50th anniversary since the passage of Roe v. Wade, President Donald Trump characterized the landmark ruling that has led to the death of millions of unborn babies as “constitutionally flawed” for National Sanctity of Human Life Day on Sunday.
President Trump, the Epoch Times notes, has never before said he opposes Roe v. Wade in such certain terms but has nonetheless been hailed by many in the pro-life movement as the most pro-life president in history.
“This month, we mark nearly 50 years since the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. This constitutionally flawed ruling overturned State laws that banned abortion and has resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives,” Trump’s proclamation for the occasion read.
“But strong mothers, courageous students, and incredible community members and people of faith are leading a powerful movement to awaken America’s conscience and restore the belief that every life is worthy of respect, protection, and care.
“Because of the devotion of countless pro-life pioneers, the call for every person to recognize the sanctity of life is resounding more loudly in America than ever before. Over the last decade, the rate of abortions has steadily decreased, and today, more than three out of every four Americans support restrictions on abortion.”
President Donald Trump also pointed to his own record of supporting the pro-life movement and the necessity of our nation to value each precious life as created and loved by God.
“As a Nation, restoring a culture of respect for the sacredness of life is fundamental to solving our country’s most pressing problems,” he stated.
“When each person is treated as a beloved child of God, individuals can reach their full potential, communities will flourish, and America will be a place of even greater hope and freedom. That is why it was my profound privilege to be the first President in history to attend the March for Life, and it is what motives my actions to improve our Nation’s adoption and foster care system, secure more funding for Down syndrome research, and expand health services for single mothers.”
In 1973, the Supreme Court sided 7-2 with a Texas woman against Dallas County, Texas district attorney Henry Wade who she said was violating her constitutional rights to privacy by banning abortion.
“The Court today has thoroughly demonstrated that these state interests cannot constitutionally support the broad abridgment of personal liberty,” Eisenhower nominee Justice Potter Stewart wrote at the time.
It was under this guise of “personal liberty” that the right to life for millions of unborn American babies would go on to be so severely violated over the next several decades.
At the time, Nixon-nominated Justice William Rehnquist recognized the implications of the ruling, which he said would mean “that a State may impose virtually no restriction on the performance of abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy.”
“In deciding such a hypothetical lawsuit, the Court departs from the longstanding admonition that it should never formulate a rule of constitutional law broader than is required by the precise facts to which it is to be applied,” Rehnquist explained.
Incoming President Joe Biden, set to be inaugurated on Wednesday, told voters during his presidential campaign he’d work to enshrine this ruling into law.
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