Trump speaks about abortion, faith-based adoption at National Prayer Breakfast

Trump speaks about abortion, faith-based adoption at National Prayer Breakfast
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE defended faith-based adoption centers and his anti-abortion beliefs at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

“All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God,” Trump said to the crowd, one of his most popular applause lines.

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But Trump stopped short of calling for a ban on abortions late in pregnancy, as he did in his State of the Union address earlier this week.

He also said his administration is working to support faith-based adoption agencies, which are under renewed scrutiny. A lawsuit in Michigan would end state support for such agencies, which often don’t work with same-sex couples.

“My administration is working to ensure faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families while following their deeply held beliefs,” Trump said.

The Department of Health and Human Services last month approved a request from South Carolina to allow faith-based adoption centers that don’t work with non-Christian or gay families to continue receiving federal funding.

Presidents of both parties have attended the National Prayer Breakfast since its inception in 1953. The event also attracts members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.).