When President Donald Trump proclaimed April 2018 as “National Child Abuse Prevention Month,” he didn’t just defend children’s right to avoid abuse and neglect.
He affirmed their inherent, human dignity at the point of conception.
“We must always remember that all children are blessings from our Creator,” he said. “They are endowed from conception with value, purpose, and human dignity.”
Trump further described children as “a source of unmatched joy” who represented the United States’ future.
He also stated:
Every child is a precious and unique gift who deserves the security of a loving and nurturing home. When supported by encouraging families and safe, strong communities, all children have the chance to reach their full potential and access the unlimited opportunities that our great Nation has to offer. To realize this truth, we must dedicate ourselves to the noble cause of protecting and caring for our children.
The proclamation came amid concerns about how the federal government dealt with abortion.
Despite Republican pledges to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, Congress didn’t do that through either the recent omnibus spending package or in a spending deal brokered in February.
The Senate also rejected a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, a time frame in which some believe fetuses can feel pain.
Trump, in response, urged the chamber to reconsider the measure.
“Scientific studies have demonstrated that babies in the womb feel pain at 20 weeks,” he said.
“The vote by the Senate rejects scientific fact and puts the United States out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only seven out of 198 nations, including China and North Korea, allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” he added.