Donald Trump became the first sitting president on Friday to deliver a live address to participants of the largest annual anti-abortion gathering, voicing his support for the pro-life movement and touting what his administration has done to cut back access to abortion. But, he flubbed a major line in his prepared speech.
“l want to thank every person here today and all across our country who works with such big hearts and tireless devotion to make sure parents have what they need to choose life,” the president said via satellite to hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall for the 45th March for Life.
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“You’re living witnesses of this year’s March for Life theme, and that theme is: love saves lives,” he said.
Trump then accidentally told the anti-abortion protesters that it’s wrong for children to be born. “Right now, a number of state laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change,” he said.
Trump’s prepared remarks had him saying “torn,” referring to late-term abortion.
Anti-choice activists descend on Washington from across the country every year to protest the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.
Previous Republican presidents, including both George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, addressed attendees of the annual march. But Friday marked the first time a sitting president had ever broadcast live remarks from the White House Rose Garden to those gathered just down Pennsylvania Ave.
“Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world,” Trump said, noting that the U.S. is “one of only seven countries to allow elected late-term abortion.”
“It is wrong. It has to change,” he continued. “In my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”
“Right now a number of state laws allow a baby to be born from his or hers mothers womb in the ninth month. It is wrong it has to change” @realDonaldTrump … Excuse me, what nonsense was that? Smh 🤔 #MarchforCommonSense #MarchForLife #ProChoice pic.twitter.com/8lbSOo12JA
— Claudia Reyes-Hilton (@CorinaRey) January 19, 2018