It’s Over, It’s Over, It’s Over
What Hillary Clinton’s defeat means for unborn babies
By Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director
Editor’s note. This appeared on page one of the January digital edition of National Right to Life News—35 pages of news stories, columns, editorials, and human interest features—which is available online. Please share it with pro-life family at friends, using social media. Thank you!
The first time Hillary Clinton lost, on November 8, 2016, was so unexpected many in the media could hardly contain their disbelief. The second time she lost was on December 19, when 304 electors voted for pro-life Donald J. Trump, while only 227 voted for pro-abortion Clinton. Finally, on January 6, Vice President Joe Biden declared, “It’s over,” when Congress certified the electoral results.
The third time proved to be the charm.
What does this mean for unborn babies and the pro-life movement?
First and foremost, it means a complete shift in the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court. Rather than a pro-abortion justice being nominated by Clinton to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, President-elect Trump, as he promised, will nominate a pro-life justice.
Last week, at his first news conference since he was elected, Trump said he would nominate a replacement within two weeks of his January 20 inauguration.
Trump’s victory/Clinton’s defeat also means that pro-life Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and pro-life Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who were both overwhelmingly reelected to their respective posts, will be able to put pro-life legislation on the agenda without fear of a presidential veto.
Trump’s victory means that the myriad of bills that pro-life senators and representatives work to pass, including the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” and the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” will not be blocked by veto threats, as they have been under Obama, and would have certainly faced under a Clinton presidency.
Likewise, when Congress places a reconciliation bill to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, on the President’s desk, it will be signed, not vetoed.
When Vice President Biden announced “It’s over” for Clinton, it means it’s not over for unborn babies who now have a fighting chance to live. 2016’s historic election means many more lives will be saved. Your pro-life efforts changed the course of history.
For more about the importance of abortion in the 2016 election, see “A National Referendum on Abortion,” by Dr. David N. O’Steen, executive director of National Right to Life.