Pastor Says on Fox News Democrats Believe 'Great Human Right Is the Right to Kill Your Own Babies Through Abortion'

A pastor said that Democrats think the "great human right is to kill your own babies through abortion" and also denied the existence of climate change during an appearance on Fox News.

Robert Jeffress, a pastor with the First Baptist Church of Dallas and regular Fox News contributor, has been a fervent defender of President Donald Trump. He again offered laudatory comments about the commander in chief on Monday, praising the president's decision to hold a session about religious persecution rather than attend Monday's United Nations summit on climate change.

"It is a remarkable thing that this president would skip a U.N. climate change summit on an imaginary problem to address the very real problem of global persecution of believers. I mean think about it. What president in history would have the guts to do what President Trump is doing? And it's this kind of leadership that is absolutely infuriating the president's enemies, but it's also energizing his base, especially his religious base of voters," Jeffress said.

"He said religious freedom is not granted by government, it is gifted to us by God. And the president believes that. The Democrats believe the great human right that transcends all others is the right to kill your own babies through abortion. And the previous administration supported that for the world. This president says no, it's not the murder of babies that's a basic human right. It is religious liberty that is granted by our creator," Jeffress, who has regularly voiced anti-LGBT sentiments, continued. While appearing on Fox News in June, Jeffress said "New York City is trying to become a sanctuary city for killing babies, and that is truly evil," while urging support for the president.

The pastor appeared on the Monday segment with Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as an anti-LGBT hate group.

Jeffress has previously paraphrased Ronald Reagan's comment "that everyone who is for abortion has already been born" -- a line that the future president said during 1980 debate, which has now been repeated by anti-choice organizations.

Jeffress and some others who invoke the line appear often forgo the statement that followed the quoted comments, where Reagan said "I know this is a difficult and an emotional problem, and many people sincerely feel on both sides of this, but I do believe that maybe we could find the answer through medical evidence if we would determine once and for all, is an unborn child a human being? I happen to believe it is."

Fox News often offers a platform for figures that deny science related to abortion and characterize it as murder, although individuals like Jeffress and Perkins hold particularly extreme views.

Still, his comments on the Fox segment were ideologically similar to those of many other Fox guests.

After a 12-month study, monitoring organization Media Matters reported last year that Fox News both provides the majority of cable coverage about abortion and regularly presents factually incorrect information. The study, which measured statements on four abortion-related subjects, said that 77 percent of the comments about abortion that ran on Fox News were inaccurate, compared to 21 percent of inaccurate statements that ran on MSNBC and 33 percent of inaccurate statements that ran on CNN. Both MSNBC and CNN also had far fewer comments about the topic.

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Pastor Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, introduces President Donald Trump at the Celebrate Freedom concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in July 2017. Jeffress said that "the Democrats believe that the great human right that transcends all others is the right to kill your babies through abortion" during an appearance on Fox News on September 23. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)