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President Trump: ‘Adoption affirms the inherent value of human life’

In his proclamation for November as National Adoption Month, President Trump acknowledged the importance of adoption in affirming that “every child—born and unborn—is wanted and loved.” He expressed his administration’s gratitude to the many adoptive families who welcome children into their homes and pointed to “the courage of those mothers and fathers who place their child for adoption.” He added, “Our Nation grows stronger because of the love and sacrifice of parents, both birth and adoptive.”

Once again affirming the importance of adoption for preborn babies, Trump called adoption “a powerful way to show women they are not alone in an unexpected pregnancy.” Thousands of non-profit pregnancy resource centers and adoption agencies across America are doing just that, supporting mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children.

READ: Family welcomes third baby by adoption: A child is ‘the most precious gift’

Trump acknowledged the challenges facing children in foster care, stating:

Unfortunately, many youth leave foster care at the age of 18 without lasting family connections. These children deserve a permanent family, which can provide them with love, stability, support, and encouragement as they pursue personal, educational, and employment goals and confront life’s opportunities and challenges.

He wrote, “Children, regardless of race, sex, age, or disability, deserve a loving embrace into families they can call their own.”  The president concluded by encouraging “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 issued a similarly pro-life message marking Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. In it, he stated, “Life is precious, and it is our moral duty to protect and defend it,” and spoke out against discrimination that leads many doctors to encourage parents to abort their preborn babies with Down syndrome. Trump also delivered an address to the 45th Annual March for Life in January of this year, marking the first time a sitting U.S. President has done so.

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