The Vice President and President spoke in the Rose Garden before Right to Life marchers. Pence invokes the words of our White Founding Fathers found in the Constitution that failed to give Women, Slaves, and most Native Americans……..THE RIGHT TO VOTE! The Right to Life and Persuit of Happiness, is only afforded to the MALE CHILD white women give birth to. If a U.S. Citizen gives birth to a FEMALE CHILD, that child will have the same freedoms and rights of a slave, or Indian – WHICH IS NONE! If God ordained the founding of this Democracy, then He favored the conception of WHITE EMBRYOS. If God bid Indigiousness People to discover The Americas, and be fruitful and multiply, here, then He rescinded His Divine Will, and handed it over to White Europeans, who for a thousand years subscribed to The Divine Right of Kings.
The Pro-life Movement was invented by Paul Weyrich to counter the Civil Rights Movement that threatened Bob Jones University. The fake moral high-grounders invoke the Fourteenth Amendment to sanction their cause that does not seek to make a new amendment, but gain votes by benign contrary to women who seek an abortion which are legal. Because this Nation was STILLBORN when it came to providing Life, Liberty, and Happiness to ALL PEOPLE, I hereby declare this movement null and void. It is clear that men are not BORN WITH WOMBS, and thus the Constitution did not address, make, and execute any MANMADE LAWS, regarding the birth of children.
Only with the passing of of the Fourteenth, Eighteenth, Emancipation of Slaves, Right for Indians to vote, Right for Women to vote, the Civil Rights Laws, did it become clear that THE PEOPLE who had been disenfranchised in the Vision of the Founding Fathers, were, and are, able and willing to Right Wrongs in a Secular Manner.
Today, the Vice President and President of the United States crossed the line of Separation of Church, by favoring a FAKE RELIGION, designed to promote WHITE WOMEN and WHITE MEN.
The Amendment came about with the Temperance Movement that was founded by women who had the interest of their children at heart, because they were being severely abused and neglected by Alcoholic Men. Prohibition is the most moral and ultraistic Law. Alcohol Abuse cost taxpayers $249 billion in 2010. The Republican Party should be concentrating on this on-going crisis – long with heroin addiction.
As to these self-righteous women who marched against other women……If you do not like our National Law – MOVE! GET OUT! GET OUT of the Republican Party founded by my kindred, John and Jessie Fremont.
The cost of excessive alcohol use in the United States reached $249 billion in 2010, or about $2.05 per drink. Most (77%) of these costs were due to binge drinking.
“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the “unalienable rights” which the Declaration says have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect.
That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.
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THE VICE PRESIDENT: To all here in the Rose Garden and to the vast gathering of Americans, young and old, on our National Mall at this very hour, welcome back to Washington, D.C. and welcome back to the largest pro-life gathering in the United States of America, the 45th annual March for Life. (Applause.)
More than 240 years ago, our Founders wrote words that have echoed through the ages. They declared “these Truths to be self-evident,” that we are, each of us, endowed by our “Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Forty-five years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States turned its back on the unalienable right to life. But in that moment, our movement began. A movement that continues to win hearts and minds. A movement defined by generosity, compassion, and love. And a movement that one year ago, tomorrow, inaugurated the most pro-life President in American history, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)
From preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortion overseas to empowering states to respect life and Title X, to nominating judges who will uphold our God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. This President has been a tireless defender of life and conscience in America. And today, President Trump will do even more to defend the most vulnerable in our society.
My friends, life is winning in America because love saves lives. And know, as you march for life, that your compassion, your persistence, your activism, and your prayers are saving lives. And this pro-life generation should never doubt we are with you. This President stands with you. And He who said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,” is with you as well.
And I believe with all of my heart, with your continued dedication and compassion, with pro-life majorities in the Congress, with President Donald Trump in this White House, and with God’s help, we will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law. (Applause.)
And so, with a grateful heart, on this 45th annual March for Life, it is now my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.
You Love Every Child’: President Trump Addresses March For Life
President Trump speaks to the March for Life participants via satellite from the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP
President Trump speaks to the March for Life participants via satellite from the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday.
Updated at 1:05 p.m. ET
Anti-abortion-rights activists who gathered at the National Mall for the 45th annual rally known as the March for Life heard a history-making address from the man who has become an unlikely champion of their cause: President Trump.
Trump said he was “honored” and “proud” to be addressing the march. “The March for Life,” he said, “is a movement born out of love. You love your families, you love your neighbors, you love our nation and you love every child — born and unborn — because you believe every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.” He praised marchers for offering friendship, mentorship and “life itself” to women in need of support.
“Because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born and reached their full God-given potential. Because of you,” he said.
Trump also told the crowd that “Americans are more and more pro-life, you see that all the time.” In fact, 18 percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in all circumstances and 46 percent call themselves “pro-life,” according to Gallup — those numbers have been remarkably steady for decades. Forty percent believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, per Pew, and that number has also remained steady since at least the 1990s. (More from NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben here.)
“Under my administration,” he continued, “we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”
Introducing the president, Vice President Pence called Trump “the most pro-life president in American history.”
“My friends, life is winning in America,” said Pence, who addressed the rally last year.
A statement from Planned Parenthood ahead of the speech condemned Trump’s participation in the rally, noting that abortion has been legal for more than 40 years and saying that Trump and his administration have been “laser-focused on using their power to control women’s bodies.”
During the original congressional debate over the amendment Senator Jacob M. Howard of Michigan—the author of the Citizenship Clause—described the clause as having the same content, despite different wording, as the earlier Civil Rights Act of 1866, namely, that it excludes Native Americans who maintain their tribal ties and “persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers.” According to historian Glenn W. LaFantasie of Western Kentucky University, “A good number of his fellow senators supported his view of the citizenship clause.” Others also agreed that the children of ambassadors and foreign ministers were to be excluded.
Senator James Rood Doolittle of Wisconsin asserted that all Native Americans were subject to United States jurisdiction, so that the phrase “Indians not taxed” would be preferable, but Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lyman Trumbull and Howard disputed this, arguing that the federal government did not have full jurisdiction over Native American tribes, which govern themselves and make treaties with the United States. In Elk v. Wilkins (1884), the clause’s meaning was tested regarding whether birth in the United States automatically extended national citizenship. The Supreme Court held that Native Americans who voluntarily quit their tribes did not automatically gain national citizenship. The issue was resolved with the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, which granted full U.S. citizenship to indigenous peoples.
The amendment’s first section includes several clauses: the Citizenship Clause, Privileges or Immunities Clause, Due Process Clause, and Equal Protection Clause. The Citizenship Clause provides a broad definition of citizenship, nullifying the Supreme Court’s decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), which had held that Americans descended from African slaves could not be citizens of the United States. The Privileges or Immunities Clause has been interpreted in such a way that it does very little.
The Due Process Clause prohibits state and local government officials from depriving persons of life, liberty, or property without legislative authorization. This clause has also been used by the federal judiciary to make most of the Bill of Rights applicable to the states, as well as to recognize substantive and procedural requirements that state laws must satisfy.
Participants at the 2018 March for Life on the National Mall in Washington. Pam Fessler/NPR
Participants at the 2018 March for Life on the National Mall in Washington.
Courting social conservatives
Trump’s speech will mark the first time in the event’s history that a sitting president has addressed the crowd live via video feed, organizers say. Previous Republican presidents, including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, have spoken to the marchers by phone. Last year, Pence became the highest-ranking official to speak in person at the march.
Vice President Pence addressed marchers in 2017. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
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Vice President Pence addressed marchers in 2017.
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Despite his history of previously expressing support for abortion rights, Trump carefully courted social conservatives and abortion opponents during his campaign. He nearly took that too far at one point, showing his lack of familiarity with the anti-abortion-rights movement by getting far off message when he told an interviewer that he would support punishing women who seek abortions. Trump quickly walked that back after drawing criticism from people on both sides of the abortion debate.
As president, he has continued to align himself with the movement through a series of executive orders, administration appointees and nominations to the courts — most notably the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Social conservatives have wielded substantial influence over Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services. In recent months, abortion-rights advocates have taken the administration to court after multiple efforts by HHS to block undocumented immigrants from obtaining the procedure.
Trump’s speech comes on the heels of another victory for religious conservatives: the announcement that the HHS Office of Civil Rights is creating a “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” with the stated goal of protecting the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions or treating transgender patients.
Anti-abortion-rights groups praised the move. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser thanked Trump and called the action “an essential step to protect pro-life nurses” and other health workers.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which supports abortion rights, was quick to condemn the administration’s action. The ACLU’s deputy legal director, Louise Melling, issued a statement accusing the Trump administration of “doubling down on licensing discrimination against women and LGBT people, all in the name of religion.”
A different perspective
Large groups of anti-abortion activists have been marching in Washington each January since 1974, a year after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision effectively legalized the procedure nationwide.
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, president and founder of the advocacy group New Wave Feminists, says she will attend the march to offer a different perspective.
“Often, the march is stereotyped,” says Herndon-De La Rosa, who is traveling from Dallas to participate. “And there’s actually a ton of people who come from different backgrounds. A lot of times they don’t feel like they have a place in the pro-life movement. This group is nontraditional pro-lifers.”
While she says she understands why the president was invited to speak to the marchers, Herndon-De La Rosa is not happy about it.
“It bothers me personally because I would love to see this become a nonpartisan issue,” she says. “To me, this is a human rights issue. And it’s not something that should be tied to the GOP or one religious institution. It should be about people who believe that abortion is violence against the weakest and most vulnerable human beings in the human family.”
This year’s march will come just ahead of events this weekend planned to mark the first anniversary of the Women’s March. The event, which drew millions of women and their families and friends to Washington, D.C., and other cities around the world the day after Trump’s inauguration, was seen as a repudiation of Trump’s views on women’s rights, racial equality, immigration and other issues.
Other speakers at the March for Life include Roman Catholic leaders; Pam Tebow, the mother of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who is known for his conservative Christian beliefs; and several members of Congress who oppose abortion rights, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Dan Lipinski, a Democrat from Illinois.
Adrienne St. Clair, an NPR National Desk intern, contributed to this report.
There has been no Indian Voting Rights Act, and no congressional hearings or testimony on such a bill. But as I demonstrated in my book Racism in Indian Country, there are many conspiracies among non-Indians on or near reservations to keep Indian people from registering to vote and to keep them from voting. There have been dozens of lawsuits filed against county voter registrars, county commissioners and state officials over denying Indians the right to vote.
When they returned from World War II, many Indian veterans were upset that they still could not vote. They had fought for their country, only to be denied this basic constitutional right when they got home. They began to lobby Congress and the state legislatures to give them suffrage rights. They had been exposed to the world outside the reservation, some for the first time, and had started to learn that they had been cheated out of many things, such as adequate housing, an adequate education, decent jobs, and the right to vote. They found they could not get loans to buy cattle, to start businesses, to build houses on reservations, and to buy cars and trucks.
Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S.
June 2, 1924
Native Americans have long struggled to retain their culture. Until 1924, Native Americans were not citizens of the United States. Many Native Americans had, and still have, separate nations within the U.S. on designated reservation land. But on June 2, 1924, Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. Yet even after the Indian Citizenship Act, some Native Americans weren’t allowed to vote because the right to vote was governed by state law. Until 1957, some states barred Native Americans from voting.
||Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S.
June 2, 1924
At the time of the Indian Citizenship Act, an act called the Dawes Severalty Act shaped U.S. Indian policy. Since 1887, the government had encouraged Native Americans to become more like mainstream America. Hoping to turn Indians into farmers, the federal government gave out tribal lands to individuals in 160-acre parcels. Unclaimed or “surplus” land was sold, and the money was used to establish Indian schools. In them, Native American children learned reading, writing, and social habits of mainstream America. By 1932, the sale of unclaimed land and allotted land resulted in the loss of two-thirds of the 138 million acres Native Americans had held prior to the Act.
Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote—a right known as woman suffrage. At the time the U.S. was founded, its female citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote. It was not until 1848 that the movement for women’s rights launched on a national level with a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, organized by abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) and Lucretia Mott (1793-1880). Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women’s rights movement. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) and other activists, formed organizations that raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. After a 70-year battle, these groups finally emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Republican parties. It gained a national grass roots base through the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. After 1900 it was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League. Opposition from the beer industry mobilized “wet” supporters from the Catholic and German Lutheran communities. They had funding to fight back but by 1917–18 the German community had been marginalized by the nation’s war against Germany, and the brewing industry was shut down in state after state by the legislatures and finally nationwide under the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920. Enabling legislation, known as the Volstead Act, set down the rules for enforcing the federal ban and defined the types of alcoholic beverages that were prohibited. For example, religious use of wine was allowed. Private ownership and consumption of alcohol were not made illegal under federal law, but local laws were stricter in many areas, with some states banning possession outright.
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order of the U.S. government issued on 1 January 1863, changing the legal status of 3 million slaves in designated areas of the Confederacy from “slave” to “free”. Slaves were legally freed by the Proclamation and became actually free by escaping to federal lines, or by advances of federal troops. Many served the federal army as teamsters, cooks, laundresses, and laborers. Plantation owners, realizing the emancipation would destroy their economic system, sometimes moved their slaves as far as possible out of reach of the Union army. By “Juneteenth” (19 June 1865, in Texas), the Union Army controlled all of the Confederacy and liberated all its slaves. The owners were never compensated.
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. The amendment was bitterly contested, particularly by the states of the defeated Confederacy, which were forced to ratify it in order to regain representation in Congress.
The Fourteenth Amendment, particularly its first section, is one of the most litigated parts of the Constitution, forming the basis for landmark decisions such as Brown v. Board of Education (1954) regarding racial segregation, Roe v. Wade (1973) regarding abortion, Bush v. Gore (2000) regarding the 2000 presidential election, and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) regarding same-sex marriage. The amendment limits the actions of all state and local officials, including those acting on behalf of such an official.