By Dave Andrusko
In the past two days, pro-Life President-elect Donald Trump has added two more strong pro-life figures to his administration: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who will be the ambassador to China, and Andy Puzder, who will head the Department of Labor.
As a six-term governor Branstad “is the longest-serving in American history, and his state voted for Trump by the largest margin for a Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1980,” the Washington Post reported.
Puzder, chief executive of the company that runs fast-food giants Carl’s Jr. and Hardees, is well-known to veteran pro-lifers in Missouri. In a 1984 article he co-authored for the Stetson Law Journal, Puzder proposed the Legislature pass a law defining life as beginning at conception in non-abortion contexts.
That article became the basis for one of the provisions passed in HB 1596 in the Missouri General Assembly (section 1.205) in 1986. That provision was then upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989 in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.
It has been cited numerous times in Missouri court cases in upholding up convictions for manslaughter/murder of an unborn child, as well as wrongful death actions for the killing of an unborn child.
The trio joins many other pro-appointments by Mr. Trump. As previously reported, they include 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.