In his 2019 speech to the United Nations’ General Assembly, President Donald Trump defended the fundamental human right to life, he proclaimed that every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God, and he decried UN bureaucrats who attempt to coerce pro-life nations into taxpayer-funded abortions. He said:
Americans will never fire or tire in our effort to defend and promote freedom of worship and religion. We want and support religious liberty for all.
Americans will also never tire of defending innocent life. We are aware that many United Nations’ projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, right up until the moment of delivery. Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.
Like many nations here today, we in America believe that every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God.
There is no circumstance under which the United States will allow international actors to trample on the rights of our citizens, including the right to self-defense.
Here is President Trump’s entire speech, albeit no one has offered a complete transcript so far. His pro-life declaration begins at the 31:18 minute mark.
Human Life International’s President Father Shenan J. Boquet praises President Trump for courageously stepping into the breach, reminding world leaders “that every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God,” calling upon them to value and protect every child’s life, and safeguard the rights of those who valiantly work to defend the rights of the most vulnerable of our societies, the unborn.
The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities – to one another, to our families, and to the larger society. Father Boquet says:
HLI applauds President Trump for his candor. Indeed, all nations should recognize children, born and unborn, as gifts from God who have a fundamental right to life that must be upheld, without exception.
Nations and governments also have a moral duty to respect religious freedom, which protects the right of religious believers to conscientiously object to participating in activities that violate their beliefs and religiously inspired moral values, including the right of the Catholic Church in its schools, parishes, and other institutions and entities to employ people that live in accord with Catholic doctrine. Recognizing this fundamental principle, we call upon President Trump and international leaders to defend religious freedom, protecting religious institutions from coercion and fear of persecution for their religious beliefs.