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Trump Kicks Off a Pro-Life Presidency

New administration reinvigorates a movement with swift action, vocal support

On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence became the first vice president or president to address the March for Life in its 44-year history.

“Life is winning in America,” Pence boomed to a thrilled exuberant crowd. “Life is winning again,” he repeated. “We will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America,” Pence said, a statement that was met by deafening cheers.

Trump has only been in office for a week but has arguably managed to do more to reinvigorate the pro-life movement than the entire Republican Party in the entire four decades since Roe v. Wade.

“We will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children,” he promised.

The importance of a senior administration official — the vice president himself no less — addressing the March for Life, and the support the march has received from Trump himself cannot be overstated.

Trump left ABC’s David Muir nearly dumbstruck during his first televised interview, after he answered a question of Muir’s about chanting at the Women’s March by promoting the March for Life.

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“No, I couldn’t hear them [chanting]. The crowds were large, but you will have a large crowd on Friday, too, which is mostly pro-life people,” Trump said.

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“You’re going to have a lot of people coming on Friday,” said Trump. “You will have a very large crowd of people. I don’t know as large or larger. Some people said it will be larger. Pro-life people and they say the press doesn’t cover them,” said Trump, chastising the mainstream media for ignoring the grassroots pro-life movement.

In addition to promoting the March for Life and sending Pence to attend, Trump also took executive action to reinstate the Mexico City policy, which bars aid to global health organizations that promote abortion.

Trump has only been in office for a week but has arguably managed to do more to reinvigorate the pro-life movement than the entire Republican Party in the entire four decades since Roe v. Wade.

This fact becomes even more glaring when one considers the skepticism with which some movement conservatives met Trump’s pro-life comments on the campaign trail. Simply put, many of his opponents thought he was lying in an attempt to dupe evangelical voters into supporting him.

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In December, The Weekly Standard put out a podcast titled “Will Trump Come Through on Life Issues?” In July, Townhall.com published an article that asserted Christian leaders supporting the Trump campaign was “unseemly.” The author even described Trump as a candidate “supporting Planned Parenthood and promising to bring abortion into the Republican Party.”

And of course, who could forget Sen. Ted Cruz’s February 2016 campaign ad, “Supreme Trust,” which inferred Trump was lying about his pro-life beliefs.

“Life, marriage, religious liberty, the Second Amendment. We’re just one Supreme Court justice away from losing them it all,” a narrator says before the ad cuts to footage of a 1999 Trump interview in which he said “I’m very pro-choice.”

“We cannot trust Donald Trump with these serious decisions,” the ad continued. Looks like Cruz was wrong.

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