By Dave Andrusko
The editorial in today’s New York Times —“What’s at Stake: Protecting Reproductive Rights Under Donald Trump”– is a very important reminder of what a presidential administration can do short of making nominations to the Supreme Court, to substantial alter the contours of the abortion landscape.
The editorial begins by reminding us of the old adage “personnel is policy.” President-elect Trump’s “appointees and their actions” can roll back many of the pro-abortion moves the administration of outgoing pro-abortion Barack Obama undertook.
That’s why it is so important that in addition to having pro-life Gov. Mike Pence at his side, over the last three weeks, President-elect Trump’s initial appointments have included a bevy of strong pro-lifers, including Rep. Tom Price, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Mike Pompeo, Betsy DeVos, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and Dr. Ben Carson.
This is not to ignore the overwhelming important of the Supreme Court. Mr. Trump has made it crystal-clear that he will soon name a nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. That nominee, like all nominees to the High Court, will be pro-life, Mr. Trump has said on numerous occasions.
But it is true, as the Times points out, that changes on the High Court can be a “long process.” In the shorter term we celebrate what the editorial bemoans–the changes that take place, including regulations that can be dropped and ending the unconscionable assaults on the right of conscience.
Once again: elections have consequences.