Magazine February 24, 2020, Issue

Donald Trump’s Pro-Life Presidency

President Trump addresses the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., January 24, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
A look at his record, and the state of the movement

Addressing the March for Life in January, President Donald Trump said, “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.” Kellyanne Conway, his high-ranking aide, tweeted that Trump was “the most #prolife President in history.” That assessment was echoed by many pro-life activists, including Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect pro-life political candidates.

A sense of relief may explain some of the superlatives. Many pro-lifers expressed doubts about Trump during the 2016 campaign, with Dannenfelser describing him as her least preferred option. When he was considering running for president in

This article appears as “The Pro-Life President” in the February 24, 2020, print edition of National Review.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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