Donald Trump achievements: Abortion

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This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to abortion and advancing pro-life policies.


President Trump kept his pro-life promises during his first year of his presidency and made several considerable achievements during that time.[1][2] Due to his achievements in advancing pro-life policies, along with other conservative social policies, President Trump was described as "taking back America's culture" by the conservative media.[3]

Legislation signed, 2017

  • April 13, 2017—President Trump signed a Congressional Review bill into law annulling a recent Obama Administration regulation that would have prohibited states from discriminating in awarding Title X family planning funds based on whether the local clinic also performs abortions (some states adopted rules which distribute federal family planning funds on the condition that the organizations do not perform abortions).[4] The Act was "the first major national pro-life bill in more than a decade."[5]

Executive actions, 2017

  • January 23, 2017—President Trump signed an order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which defunded International Planned Parenthood and other organizations that promote foreign abortions.[6][7] However, unlike previous administrations, the Trump Administration expanded the policy to include all global health assistance funding.[1]
  • April 4, 2017—The Trump Administration halted U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund, which has links to inhumane abortion programs such as China's one-child policy. Instead, the $32.5 million was shifted to the U.S. Agency for International Development.[8]
  • President Trump appointed several pro-life advocates to Department of Health and Human Services positions. On April 28, 2017, in an apparent victory for the pro-life movement,[9] President Trump appointed Dr. Charmaine Yoest, a strong pro-life advocate and the former president of Americans United for Life, to the position of assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, replacing a strong Planned Parenthood supporter.[10] The position did not require Senate confirmation.[11] In late May, Trump appointed Shannon Royce, who formerly served in the Family Research Council and the Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, to the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.[12] Around May 1, 2017, President Trump appointed Teresa Manning, a pro-life advocate who worked for the Family Research Council and the National Right to Life, to be the HHS deputy assistant secretary for population affairs.[13]
  • May 15, 2017—The Trump Administration massively broadened the scope of the Mexico City Policy to restrict funding to any international health organization that performs or gives information about abortions, expanding the amount of money affected from $600,000 to nearly $9 billion.[14]

Other achievements, 2017

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • January 27, 2017—Vice President Mike Pence became the first vice president in United States history to speak at the annual March for Life march in Washington D.C.[15][16] Additionally, Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway also spoke at the event, and Trump himself strongly expressed his support for the march.[17][18]


As in the previous year, not only did President Trump speak strongly against abortion, but he made substantial pro-life policy moves on the issue.[19][20]

Executive actions, 2018

Other achievements, 2018

  • January 19, 2018—President Trump became the first incumbent U.S. president to speak to the March for Life via live video feed, speaking strongly against abortion.[22] He also became the third incumbent president to speak to the rally at all, with the first two, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, choosing to speak by phone.[23]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Berry, Susan (April 24, 2017). Trump and Pence Keeping Pro-Life Promises in First 100 Days. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  2. Multiple references:
  3. Berry, Susan (July 30, 2017). Seven Ways Trump Is Taking Back America’s Culture. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  4. Multiple references:
  5. Dinan, Stephen (April 13, 2017). Trump gives states power to cut off Planned Parenthood money. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  6. LaBarbera, Peter (January 23, 2017). BREAKING: Trump signs order defunding International Planned Parenthood, foreign abortions. LifeSite News. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  7. Hellman, Jessie (January 23, 2017). Trump reinstates ban on US funds promoting abortion overseas. The Hill. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  8. Berry, Susan, Dr. (April 4, 2017). Trump Halts U.S. Funding of United Nations Population Fund. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  9. Multiple references:
  10. Multiple references:
  11. Pradhan, Rachana (May 28, 2017). Trump names anti-abortion leader Yoest to top HHS post. Politico. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  12. Multiple references:
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  15. Sells, Heather (January 27, 2017). VP Mike Pence Making History at the March for Life. CBN News. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  16. Hickey, Jennifer (January 27, 2017). 'Life is winning': Pence fired up March for Life crowd. Fox News. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  17. Nelson, Louis (January 27, 2017). Trump: March for Life demonstrators 'have my full support'. Politico. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  18. Bilger, Micaiah (January 27, 2017). President Donald Trump Tweets March for Life: “You Have My Full Support!. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Shellnutt, Kate (January 19, 2018). It’s Official: Trump Turns HHS from Pro-Life Antagonist to Advocate. Christianity Today. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  20. Peters, Jeremy W. (January 19, 2018). Trump Tells Anti-Abortion Marchers ‘We Are With You All the Way’ and Shows It. The New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  21. Multiple references:
  22. Multiple references: Full speech transcript:
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