WASHINGTON, D.C., November 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – This week, President Donald Trump issued his second annual proclamation for National Adoption Month, hailing both adopting children and placing them for adoption as acts of love that enrich American society.
“Adoption is a blessing for all involved. It provides needed relief to birth parents, who may not, for whatever reason, be in a position to raise a child,” the president said Wednesday. “It fosters loving homes for children. It enables individuals to grow their families and share their love. And it fosters strong families, which are integral to ensuring strong communities and a resilient country.”
“Adoption affirms the inherent value of human life and signals that every child – born or unborn – is wanted and loved,” Trump continued. “Children, regardless of race, sex, age, or disability, deserve a loving embrace into families they can call their own. This month, we honor the thousands of American families who have grown because of adoption.”
The president specifically highlighted adoption’s power to “show women they are not alone in an unexpected pregnancy,” called for continued assistance for families willing to adopt, and pledged support for children in foster care.
“We appeal to families, communities, and houses of worship across our great Nation to help these children find a permanent home,” he said.
“I encourage all Americans to observe this month by helping children in need of a permanent home secure a more promising future with a forever family, so they may enter adulthood with the love and support we all deserve,” Trump concluded.
The address is President Trump’s latest public affirmation of his pro-life stance. During his first two years, he has called on Congress to send him legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and ban late-term abortions; eliminated the Obama-era mandate forcing religious employers to provide abortifacient contraception; protected states’ rights not to fund the abortion industry; partially defunded Planned Parenthood; and appointed numerous conservative judges to federal courts.
Congressional Republicans have also moved to protect religious adoption agencies from losing federal funds if they insist on placing children in homes with both a mother and a father, rather than same-sex households.
The president issued a similar proclamation last November.
“Adoption is a life-changing and life-affirming act that signals that no child in America – born or unborn – is unwanted or unloved,” Trump said last year. “Adoptive parents are a selfless and loving part of God's plan for their future children.”