By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. Each day I take a quick look back to see what we wrote exactly one year ago. The following ran July 10, 2018, just after Judge (now Justice) Kavanaugh was nominated to sit on the Supreme Court.
Like all pro-lifers, I had no illusions about the willingness of pro-abortionists to do anything and everything to sabotage the nomination. And they did! However thanks to Judge Kavanaugh’s enormous courage and steadfast refusal to buckle, he eventually was narrowly approved.
I run the following not as a reminder of how low pro-abortionists will sink but to bring to mind the absolutely critical importance of a pro-life President and a Senate willing to confirm supremely qualified nominees who are unwilling to treat the Constitution as if it were silly putty to be twisted and molded to come up with preferred policy outcomes.
It’s on a day like this—less than 24 hours after President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the successor to Justice Anthony Kennedy–that everything pro-lifers have done over the decades is just a little sweeter.
On a day like this you think of the relentless media attacks on then-candidate Trump, the goal of which was to convince the public not to waste votes on someone who could not possibly beat Hillary Clinton. No less a media favorite than President Obama had proclaimed, “Nobody [is] more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”
But you didn’t abandon him. You saw through the hate and the bunkum, and now President Trump has just nominated a candidate to fill a second vacancy on the nation’s highest court.
On a day like this, you recall the pivotal importance of Mr. Trump’s promise to nominate to the Supreme Court men and women “in the mold of the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia.” Even those most hostile to Trump and to the pro-life movement could read CNN’s election night polling results. Over one-fifth (21%) of all voters said appointments to the Supreme Court was the most important favor in their vote.
They broke 56% to 41% for Trump.
On a day like this we recall what NRLC Executive Director Dr. David N. O’Steen told NRL News Today readers about the vastly different commitments of Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton:
Donald Trump gave 100% pro-life answers to National Right to Life’s questions, met with pro-life leaders of National Right to Life and made campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, a strong, well-known pro-life advocate, a public face of his campaign. At the same time Hillary Clinton made seemingly countless appearances at Planned Parenthood events pledging over and over her fealty to their abortion agenda.
In the their third debate President Trump made what were perhaps the strongest pro-life statements ever made by a candidate to a national audience and called out Hillary Clinton on her past Senate vote in favor of partial-birth abortion. Hillary Clinton countered by continuing to defend her support for legal partial birth abortion, undoubtedly thinking that was a winning ticket.
How wrong she was.
And, finally, on a day like this we remember that had Mr. Trump not carried the day in 2016, unborn babies and their defenders would have felt the full fury of a woman whose dedication to multiplying the number of abortions at home and abroad funded by you, would have been unleashed.
Instead we have an administration whose pro-life accomplishments in less than 17 months we have documented over and over.
Your work paid rich dividends for the cause of life.