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Trump slams landmark case that led to legal abortion in pro-life speech

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Donald Trump has slammed a landmark court case that led to the legalization of abortion in American.

The president was talking in support of the anti-abortion March for Life on Friday.

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He said: ‘We know that life is the greatest miracle of all.

‘As you all know, Roe v Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws.

‘Americans are more and more pro-life, you see that all the time. In fact, only 12 percent of Americans only support abortion.’

Trump slams landmark case that led to legal abortion in pro-life speech
President Donald Trump speaks to the March for Life participants from the Rose Garden (Picture: AP)
Trump slams landmark case that led to legal abortion in pro-life speech
Donald Trump spoke at the March for Life via live videolink from the White House today (Picture: Getty)

Anti-abortion laws were lifted in 1973 thanks to the Roe v Wade case. Roe, a Texas resident, argued she had a right to abort her child. Back then, Texas only granted abortions if it was to save the woman’s life.

Roe’s attorney successfully argued that the right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.

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Pro-lifers have been trying to overturn this ever since.

Trump’s show of support for the pro-life cause marks the first time in 45 years a president has appeared at the event.

Trump will address crowds via video link from the White House Rose Garden, the traditional home for major policy announcements and diplomatic events, according to The Guardian.

Before his speech, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: ‘The president is committed to protecting the life of the unborn and he is excited to be part of this historic event.’

George W Bush addressed the rally via a phone call, and Ronald Reagan through a loudspeaker, but Trump’s video appearance is the strongest show of support yet for the movement.

Trump slams landmark case that led to legal abortion in pro-life speech
His virtual appearance marked the strongest show of history for the event in its 45 year history (Picture: Getty Images)

Last year Vice President Mike Pence and aide Kellyanne Conway both attended the event, which is held on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade court ruling that legalized abortion.

The controversial appearance, which has infuriated pro-choice activists, was welcomed by Marjorie Dannenfelser, from anti-abortion group SBA List.

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She said: ‘President Trump’s video address to the March for Life is a crowning moment in a partnership that began before he was elected.

‘This is a critical tipping point in pro-life advocacy… Momentum is on the side of life and so is the Trump administration.’

Trump has previously flip-flopped on abortion, declaring himself ‘very pro-choice’, before later insisting her was pro-life.

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