With the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency coming Saturday, leading pro-life activists are praising the man who once considered himself to be "very pro-choice" for governing like "a pro-life president" during his first 100 days in office.
The leading Washington-based pro-life lobbying organization Susan B. Anthony List has produced a list of accomplishments achieved by the Trump administration within the first three months of his presidency.
Along with congratulating Trump for nominating pro-lifers like Jeff Sessions and Tom Prince to head the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services, respectively, and picking Mike Pence to be his vice presidential candidate and running mate, the SBA List highlights five actions taken by the Trump administration that show he's serious about his campaign promises to pro-lifers.
1. Nominating Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court
Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, a former Tenth Circuit judge, to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
When Gorsuch was announced as the nominee, pro-lifers and conservative legal experts labeled him as being "in the mold" of Scalia, a staunchly Catholic and pro-life justice who subscribed to an originalist interpretation.
Many conservatives and pro-lifers are hopeful that if more pro-lifers are nominated to the court, the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion nationwide could one day be overturned. Pro-life leaders believe Gorsuch is a great way for conservatives to start tipping the balance of the court.
"In nominating Neil Gorsuch, President Trump kept his promise to nominate only pro-life judges to the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch is a distinguished jurist with a strong record of protecting life and religious liberty," the SBA List explains. "The swift fulfillment of President Trump's commitment to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices was a tremendous win for the pro-life movement."
2. Mexico City Policy
One of the first actions taken by Trump at the start of his presidency was the issuance of an executive memorandum that reinstated a ban on taxpayer money being used by organizations abroad to perform or endorse abortions.
The policy, which was first enacted by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, was rescinded at the beginning of Democrat Bill Clinton's presidency and later reinstated by Republican President George W. Bush. However, the policy, also known as a "Global Gag Rule," was again rescinded when President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
On one of the first days of Trump's presidency, he re-enacted an expanded version of the Mexico City Policy that includes a ban on all global health funding, including funds that go to organizations that work with victims of AIDS, malaria, and other health crises in third-world countries if they provide or promote abortion.
"The Mexico City Policy does not reduce foreign assistance, rather it ensures that U.S. international aid partners act consistently to save lives, rather than promoting and performing abortion," the SBA List states. "This swift action continues Ronald Reagan's legacy by stopping the promotion of abortion through our tax dollars overseas."
"His action to promote respect for all human life, including vulnerable unborn children abroad, as well as conscience rights, sent a strong signal early on about his Administration's pro-life priorities," it continued. "Not only did President Trump reinstate the Mexico City Policy, he modernized it by applying it to all foreign health assistance programs."
Some have been critical of the fact that Trump's policy extends to programs like the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which was exempted from the policy under Bush "because it was widely understood that the program couldn't meet its prevention and treatment targets otherwise."
3. Defunding the United Nations Population Fund
In early April, the Trump State Department announced that it cut off U.S. funding to the UNFPA because it "supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."
The UNFPA has long been accused of promoting abortion oversees and partnering with the government agency that promotes China's abusive and coercive One-Child Policy.
The program was given over $340 million U.S. tax dollars during the years of the Obama presidency.
"For nearly a decade under President Obama, American taxpayers funded UNFPA, which has a long history of involvement in China's brutal birth limitation policy — enforcement of which routinely includes the atrocity of forced abortions," the list states.
"That changed on April 4, 2017, when President Trump invoked the Kemp-Kasten Amendment to cut off U.S. taxpayer funding of the UNFPA," it continued. "The Kemp-Kasten Amendment gives the President the authority to determine whether an organization should be defunded because it "supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."
4. Overturning Obama-era regulation preventing states from defunding Planned Parenthood
In mid-April, Trump signed a resolution overturning an HHS regulation passed by the Obama administration as his days in the Oval Office were winding down that forced states to fund the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, which conducts over 300,000 abortions per year.
The rule effectively prevented states from redirecting funds for abortion providers to comprehensive healthcare clinics. Through the Congressional Review Act, conservatives in Congress passed a resolution striking down the Obama regulation. It was then sent to Trump, who signed it on April 13.
"The resolution signed by President Trump simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars," the SBA List points out. "Rather, states have the option to spend Title X money on comprehensive health care clinics that better serve women and girls."
"It was a woman-led effort in Congress to get this bill on the President's desk. Rep. Diane Black and Sen. Joni Ernst sponsored the resolution," the list added. "Because this was done through the Congressional Review Act, the regulation cannot be reinstated by any future president. Never again will a pro-abortion president be able to force states to fund Planned Parenthood through Title X."
The SBA List also praised the Trump administration for its "resolute" efforts to repeal the "pro-abortion" Affordable Care Act, praising him for supporting legislation that would not only repeal Obamacare but also include a provision to redirect federal funding away from Planned Parenthood, which received over $500 million per year in federal funding during the Obama administration.
Although the GOP-led Congress has not been able to pass a resolution to repeal Obamacare or strip Planned Parenthood of funding, SBA List takes confidence in knowing that "the pro-life provisions are the least controversial element of the legislation."
"The president is working with all factions in the Republican Party to get the bill back on track," the list reads.