By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. This editorial appeared on page two of the December digital edition of National Right to Life News. You can read all the stories, analyses, and editorials at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsDec2016.pdf. Please share with your pro-life family and friends using your social media contacts.
Just my two cents worth, but I strongly suspect there were an awful lot of pro-lifers who do not fully grasp that our Movement–and the unborn babies for whom we fight –just avoided a major catastrophe. So unsure were they of Donald Trump that they took their eye off of a dead-mortal certainty.
Which was? That if Hillary Clinton became President, not only would the International Abortion Industry have a patron in the most powerful office in the world, she would do her best to extinguish the Right to Life Movement.
I’m exaggerating for effect, right? No, I’m not. Let me explain why before I return to why NRLC’s support for Trump, along with that of other pro-life organizations, was right, proper, and desperately needed.
It was no accident–Clinton’s comment about the “deplorables,” that is. She knew her comments were public, but Clinton unabashedly (and to loud applause) announced that at least half of Trump’s supporters were the worst kind of people you could imagine.
Watch that speech sometime. She meant people exactly like you and me, people who do not have hundreds of millions in the bank and access to whatever they want like the Clintons do.
Please don’t forget that the people around her were anti-Catholic to the core. As Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen wrote a few months ago, a then—recently released trove of emails — which, according to WikiLeaks, come from the accounts of Clinton staff — showed “the rampant anti-Catholic bigotry that permeates Clinton World,” including creating and/or nurturing front groups to destabilize the Catholic Church.
Consider her comment to the 2015 Women in the World Summit about how “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” Hillary Clinton and the kinds of people she associates with are militant pro-abortion radicals, elitists who can’t wait to re-educate “your standard redneck,” Bill Clinton’s description of Donald Trump’s base.
Mrs. Clinton and those around here have no respect for you and have only contempt for your religious liberties. You and I must be re-habilitated.
Mr. Trump was not conversant with the abortion issue, something that is not uncommon. He stumbled coming out of the block. He brought on pro-life Kellyanne Conway to run his campaign, met with members of the NRLC executive committee, and began to make his position clear.
I understand, as it is with any president, that actions speak louder than words. (Clinton had both words and actions to prove her unswervable commitment to abortion on demand.) But Trump was very, very specific in his avowals and is off to a great start in his cabinet appointments.
Trump said he would nominate only pro-lifers to the Supreme Court in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump also promised to make “the Hyde Amendment permanent law to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.”
He pledged to sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide. And Trump vowed to defund Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.
After the election, he reaffirmed to 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl that he is pro-life and would nominate only pro-life justices to the Supreme Court.
In addition to having pro-life Gov. Mike Pence as the vice president, over the last three weeks Trump’s appointments have already included Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General; Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services; Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus to be chief of staff; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations; Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Rep. Mike Pompeo to be director of the CIA; and Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who will be the ambassador to China, and Andy Puzder, who will head the Department of Labor.
As we discuss in the second editorial, the abortion issue in the context of the future of the Supreme Court, was a huge advantage for President-elect Trump, including (especially?) in making the breaches he did in the “Blue Wall,” Midwestern states Democrats just don’t lose.
Until November 8.
From a single-issue pro-life perspective, we know we contributed to Mr. Trump’s victory. Like President-elect Trump, we have much to celebrate this Christmas season.