President Donald Trump promised Thursday that he would work to “fully defund” the abortion industry, including Planned Parenthood, of taxpayer dollars if re-elected.
In a letter (pdf) to the pro-life community seeking their support in the November presidential election, Trump reiterated his commitment to defend unborn children.
“Since my inauguration, I have proudly governed as the most pro-life president in our nations history,” Trump said in his letter, addressed to “Pro-Life Leaders and Activists.”
Trump told his supporters that if reelected, he would work together with them to “[f]ully defund the big abortion industry such as Planned Parenthood of our tax dollars.”
In other promises, he said he would work with his supporters to fill the Supreme Court and lower courts “with judges who will respect the Constitution and not legislate an abortion agenda from the bench,” and also pass and sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
In a Twitter post late Thursday, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund responded to the presidents letter, saying, “This is Trump attacking your health care—and well fight back.”
The group also wrote, “Defunding Planned Parenthood = blocking patients from accessing preventative care. Its a political show with real consequences, harming the 2.4M people a year seeking care.”
The Epoch Times has reached out to Planned Parenthood for further comment.
Trump noted that his administration has achieved “so much for unborn children and their mothers,” listing out a number of accomplishments, which included the confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as stopping some taxpayer funding of the abortion industry through the Title X Protect Life rule.
Trump also noted that he has ended taxpayer funding “for new medical research using aborted baby body parts at the National Institutes of Health.”
In his letter, Trump drew a sharp distinction between Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Bidens stance on abortion and that of his own administration.