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 TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' 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 PelosiUSMCA is nice but no model Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties Grassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks MORE (D-Calif.).