President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019 (video screenshot)

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019 (video screenshot)

Several civil and religious rights organizations are praising President Trump after he spoke Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., advocating for children, both born and unborn.

Trump took a strong pro-life stance earlier in the week in his State of the Union address, condemning the abortion-until-birth laws adopted in New York and proposed in Virginia. In Virginia, the governor created a firestorm by advocating infanticide.

Trump brought up the theme again Thursday.

“As part of our commitment to building a just and loving society, we must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God. … Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven,” he said.

The president also discussed adoption and foster care, praising those who perform those services and condemning governments that restrict or ban faith-based agencies.

In several cases, local governments have invoked “nondiscrimination” rules requiring them to support homosexual behavior.

“I continue to be encouraged that President Trump is a strong advocate for the sanctity of life, and this morning he continued that message,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “Each time he says, ‘all children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God,’ it further supports his leadership in protecting the precious lives of unborn babies in America.”

The pledge from the president came after he called on Congress to defend the dignity and life of America’s unborn children and pass legislation to prohibit late-term abortion during his State of the Union address.

“Since taking office, President Trump has followed through on his promise to protect life,” LiberHe recently signed a letter to Congress making clear that he will veto any legislation that weakens protections of life,” Liberty Counsel said. “Trump has reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, preventing foreign aid from being used to support abortion, and proposed legislation to ensure taxpayer dollars from the Title X family planning program are not awarded to abortion providers.”

Regarding foster care and adoption, the non-profit legal group Becket, which is fighting a “nondiscrimination” law in Michigan, noted the president’s acknowledgement of the foster care provided by the Buck family.

“The Buck family is just one of the many success stories made possible through religious adoption agencies like St. Vincent,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket. “Children need an ‘all hands on deck’ approach. They need families, homes, an education, medical support, and a dedicated staff in order to have a future. They need religious adoption agencies to keep doing their important work.”

Becket explained Melissa and Chad Buck were guests of the White House. They are parents to five adopted children with special needs.

Trump said, “My administration is working to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families while following their deeply held beliefs.”

The adoption proceedings for the Buck family went through St. Vincent Catholic Charities, a faith-based adoption agency that partners with the state of Michigan, Becket explained.

“St. Vincent is motivated by its faith to serve families and is very successful at finding homes for sibling groups, older children, and children with special needs. However, the ACLU is suing the state of Michigan trying to end this important partnership – and families like the Bucks are fighting back,” the organization said.

“Currently, there are thousands of children in Michigan foster care, and each year, hundreds of children ‘age out’ of the foster system, meaning that at the age of 18 they are on their own, never having found a family or a home,” said Becket. “With so many children in need, and not enough families willing to take them in, the state relies on religious adoption agencies like St. Vincent Catholic Charities. In 2017, St. Vincent recruited more new adoptive families than nearly 90 percent of the other agencies in its service area.”

Becket warns: “The ACLU’s lawsuit is threatening to close their doors because it disagrees with St. Vincent’s religious beliefs about marriage. That’s despite the fact that St. Vincent’s beliefs have never prevented a child from being placed in a loving home. LGBT couples working with other agencies have been able to adopt children in St. Vincent’s care in the past. But even with other adoption agencies much closer by, the ACLU plaintiffs nevertheless went miles out of their way to target St. Vincent.”

The president said: “When we open our hearts to faith, we fill our hearts with love. Many of the people in this room lead and support the charities and faith-based institutions that bring hope to the lives of our citizens, comfort to those in despair, and solace to those in grief, aid to those in need, and a helping hand to the struggling people all around the world, of which there are so many.

Trump said that “as president, I will always cherish, honor, and protect the believers who uplift our communities and sustain our nation.”

“To ensure that people of faith can always contribute to our society, my administration has taken historic action to protect religious liberty.”

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