By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. The events of the first six and a half months of the Biden-Harris administration are proof positive that we were not exaggerating in the slightest in this post of one year ago when we outlined the enormous differences on abortion between President Donald Trump and then-candidate Joe Biden
“It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.” — Alfred North Whitehead
I was in college so long ago that the name Alfred North Whitehead is familiar to me. He was an enormously influential British mathematician and philosopher who died in 1947. By reading “Science and the Modern World,” I was introduced to a tiny portion of his incredibly vast contributions.
What does his saying, quoted above, have to do with us? It is relevant on two (of many) levels.
For one, there are transparently and transcendently obvious truths that shout “Treat the unborn as one of us,” yet go unheard. We have talked about the obstacles from A (Apathy ) to Z (I don’t have a word starting in Z).
For another, courtesy of the media that is bound and determined to defeat pro-life President Donald Trump, we rarely see spelled out the huge obvious differences on abortion between Mr. Trump and pro-abortion former Vice President Joe Biden. Rather than compare and contrast, we see a great many attempts to confuse and confound in order to bewilder and baffle the ordinary voter.
Writing in Newsweek, Mary Vought does a superb job documenting how “The Pro-Life Choice This November Could Not Be Clearer.”
Here are just a few compare and contrasts.
Vought begins by talking about how the language of the Democrat Party’s platform on abortion will look:
Their platform endorses codifying Roe v. Wade, the legally questionable Supreme Court ruling that claimed women have a constitutional right to abortion. It supports restoring taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. And the platform calls for repealing the Hyde Amendment’s ban on taxpayer funding of abortion
On June 4th, 2019, Biden reiterated his support for the Hyde Amendment. Two days later (“After two days of intense criticism,” as the New York Times put it), he saw the light and reversed field faster than you can say “so much for principle.”
Vought also highlights how Democrats have gone from the platitude of abortion “safe, legal, and rare” to support for “unlimited, taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.” The latter at least has the redeeming quality of honesty, although Biden will never admit this in a straightforward manner.
The contrast with President Trump could not be more obvious or compelling, as Vought lays out, chapter and verse. For example, no dithering on the Hyde Amendment (credited with saving over two million lives): President Trump supports it.
Likewise, where Biden pledges that his judicial nominees would “support the right of privacy, on which the entire notion of a woman’s right to choose is based,” President Trump “has nominated consistently pro-life judges, and the Senate has confirmed over 200 of these appointments,” Vought writes.
The obvious differences go on and on and on. Planned Parenthood is a meal ticket for Democrat politicians in general, Biden in particular. On the other hand, “President Trump has worked to eliminate taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider,” Vought writes. “His administration implemented rules requiring clinics receiving federal funds to choose between promoting abortion and participating in the Title X family planning program.” [Needless to say, Planned Parenthood opted out.]
Vought doesn’t go into detail about protecting freedom of conscience/freedom of religion. The Trump Administration in this regard has been a tower of strength, most particularly the Department of Health and Human Services headed by Alex Azar, and in the work of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Moreover, while Biden would no doubt follow in the steps of the last Democrat presidential nominee—Hillary Clinton—and vigorously promote abortion overseas, the Trump Administration states flatly that it will fight ongoing attempts to make abortion an international recognized “right” and keep tax dollars away from “abortion providers,” such as International Planned Parenthood.
Vought is right. If you want a real choice on abortion, it doesn’t get any more clear than pro-life President Trump or pro-abortion Joe Biden.