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It should be noted that most all can agree, no matter what one's position is on abortion, nobody wants to be in an abortion decision situation if it can be avoided altogther. What has President Trump done to decrease the number of abortion decision situations?

Another one of President Trump's promises was to help stop abortions by takings actions such as defunding Planned Parenthood and appointing pro life Supreme Court judges. The latest official statistics as Donald Trump was voted in President showed  638,169 legal induced abortions in 2015. What actions are taken by the President to keep this promise?

**UPDATE:  The U.S. abortion rate -abortions per capita -- has now reached an all-time low

1/23/17: President Trump signed an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding (reinstating the Mexico City Policy) also known as the Global Gag Rule, for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or "promote" abortions. This executive order reversed the policy that President Obama had previously reinstated back in 2009. This order does not directly deal with the the pro life vs pro choice debate. Instead it simply states that American tax payers should not foot the bill for abortions or abortion promotion, especially when it includes foreign organizations. And considering the average cost of an abortion is about $600 there is little excuse as to why tax payers would have to pay for anyone's abortion. Especially when there are various types of a payment resources available such as payment plans, personal loans, family and friends help, crowd funding sites even credit cards. It comes down to people being accountable for their own actions. We should also mention a  popular question that has been brought up in this debate issue. If pro-abortion activists do not want the government interfering with their rights to choose abortion then why are they OK with the government interfering to pay for their abortions? 

3/7/17: Sticking with his stance of non funded taxpayer abortions, President Trump offered to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stopped providing abortions. Planned Parenthood declined citing that "federal money already is not allowed to be used for abortion". However video evidence and other statistics say otherwise. As explained above we agree with President Trump that tax payers should not be forced to pay for tax funded abortions.

4/14/17: President Donald Trump signed a bill that allows states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood.

​​10/6/17:  The Trump administration rolled back ObamaCare contraceptive mandate (which already has been the subject of multiple legal challenges) which forced employers that provide health insurance to cover contraceptives. “No American should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide by the laws and regulations governing our health care system,” said HHS press secretary Caitlin Oakley. “Today’s actions affirm the Trump administration’s commitment to upholding the freedoms afforded all Americans under our Constitution.”. We support thie decision based on one simple question: Why would any American have to be forced to pay for someone else's contraceptives? Especially when considering the alternative choice of condoms which are very inexpensive, safe and 98% effective with both pregnancy and STDs. Compared to contraceptives success rate of only 91% with pregnancy and 0% effectives against STDs.

12/7/17: The Justice Department launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and the sale of fetal tissue from late term abortions.

​12/29/17: The actual number of abortion facilities decreased by 27 clinics over 2016 totals. A total of 49 abortion facilities closed or halted abortions in 2017. This was partly due to Trump's support of laws supporting pro life. 

1/14/18: For the fourth time in four months, Trump administration officials have refused to let an undocumented immigrant teenager seek an abortion, forcing her to sue to get one.

1/18/18: Trump is the first sitting President in 45 years to address an anti abortion march. The March for Life annual event, held since 1974 in Washington, protests the "Roe v. Wade" decision dismissing many restrictions on abortion across the U.S.

1/19/18: President Trump proclaims January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

2/8/18: Under Trump's first year in office states passed more than 50 pro-life laws to save babies from abortion.

5/23/18: In a devastating move for Planned Parenthood, President Trump announced a new rule that will deny an estimated $60 million annually in taxpayer funding which Planned Parenthood used for hundreds of thousands of abortions annually. This was an easy decision. Why would American taxpayers be forced to subsidize an organaization that's main service is abortion especially since half of Americans are pro life? Also considering there are literally thousands of alternative federally funded women's health organizations that offer the same services but without the abortions?  Trump finalized this rule in Februrary 2019.

6/5/18: The U.S. Supreme Court gave President Trump a legal victory by throwing out a lower court ruling that let a pregnant illegal immigrant minor held in federal immigration custody obtain an abortion last year at age 17 over the objections of President Donald Trump's administration. Although the illegal immigrant teenager already had the abortion, the ruling eliminated a rule at the federal appeals court level that could have applied in similar circumstances in which other detained minors sought abortions.

6/28/18: The U.S. Supreme court blocked a California law that would have required anti abortion clinics that counsel women to notify those clients of the availability of abortions paid for by the state. In short, the CA law would have forced these anti abortion clinics to promote abortion. The decision's finding stated it violated the free speech rights of these Christian-based facilities. “Speakers should not be forced by their government to promote a message with which they disagree, and pro-life pregnancy centers in California should not be forced to advertise abortion and undermine the very reason they exist,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. It was a 5-4 decision which was swayed by Trump's latest Justice pick, Neil Gorsech. 

9/25/18: The Trump administration cancels FDA’s aborted baby parts contract. Trump said it was terminating a contract with a lab that provides aborted baby parts fetal tissue for research. The Health and Human Services Department also said it would review all federal contracts for obtaining fetal tissue, which is used for work in developing vaccines, as well as for research into diseases. 

1/18/19:  President Trump and Vice President Pence surprised thousands of protesters demonstrating against abortion on the Mall in Washington by making unannounced speeches at the annual March for Life.

3/29/19:  Trump's U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final version of its new regulations for Title X programs, which will ban federal family planning funds from going to health providers who perform or refer patients for abortion services. This amounts to a "domestic gag rule” . The funding was taken for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin, Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia, and southwest Ohio .