By Dave Andrusko
Republican lawmakers from both the House and Senate, almost all of whom are pro-life, are gathered in Philadelphia for a three-day policy retreat. This comes five days after pro-life Donald Trump was inaugurated our 45th President (having defeated media favorite pro-abortion Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) and two days before the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.
Why do I mention this? Simply because the wheels of change are moving fast and–in light of the fate that surely would have befallen our Movement had Clinton won–we ought to fully appreciate what’s being accomplished and what great things lay ahead.
Consider: having read NRL News Today, you know that on Monday President Trump signed a Memorandum that restored the Mexico City Policy. As NRLC explained, “Under that policy, in order to be eligible for certain types of foreign aid, a private organization must sign a contract promising not to perform abortions (except to save the mother’s life or in cases of rape or incest), not to lobby to change the abortion laws of host countries, or otherwise “actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”
However what you might have missed is that Mr. Trump did not merely revoke President Obama’s action, he directed the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to “implement a plan to extend the requirements of the reinstated Memorandum to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.” (Emphasis mine.)
Pro-abortionists went ballistic. Their howls were amplified by their friends in the media and we were told, as we always are, there will be more abortions, not fewer. Etc., etc., etc.
Likewise, having read NRL News Today, you know that on Tuesday the House of Representatives passed the “Making the Hyde Amendment Permanent and Government-Wide No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” H.R. 7 is a huge deal.
If passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump, major domestic pipelines flowing to the abortion industry would be cut off, no longer greasing the skids for the abortion industry. For example, the Hyde Amendment, which is attached to the annual appropriations bill that covers many federal health programs (including Medicaid), would be made permanent and government-wide and thus less subject to pro-abortion mischief.
Moreover, President Trump told reporters today that he will nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a week from Thursday. He has promised on many occasions to nominate only pro-life justices to the High Court.
And, not to coin a phrase, we’ve only just begun.