By Maria Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Now that the two major political parties have chosen their nominees for President, the general election campaign is in full swing.
That makes it the perfect time to examine the two party standard-bearers when it comes to the most important issues facing our country: the life issues.
The differences are stark.
Republican Donald Trump supports a ban on the heinous practice of late-term abortions. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act--a law which bars the barbaric practice of partly delivering a baby, then killing the child.
Trump backs a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion--a position supported by 70 percent of the American people, according to national public opinion polls. In sharp contrast, Clinton supports taxpayer funding of organizations that perform abortions.
Trump has said he will appoint Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia supported the overturn of the dreadful decision Roe v. Wade, which has led to the deaths of more than 58 million Americans and the wounding and maiming of countless mothers. Clinton would only appoint pro-abortion Justices to the High Court.
Trump has chosen as his running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who has a long and distinguished pro-life record. Clinton has selected Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, who has a 0 percent pro-life voting record according to the National Right to Life scorecard.
It is true that Trump did not always hold a pro-life position. Here is Trump in his own words:
"If you look at it, I said, 'It really, really troubles me, and it really, really bothers me, the whole concept of abortion.' This was years ago, and even then it really bothered me, but I went on the other side of the line. But in thinking about it over the years, I've had instances, and one instance in particular, a friend had a child who they were going to abort, and now they have it, and the child is incredible. And the man, he changed his views also because of that. As I've grown older, as I've seen things happen in life, I've changed my views - and others have also," Trump said.
Trump follows in the footsteps of former President Ronald Reagan, former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum, and current U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Pat Toomey, who all had a change of heart and became pro-life. These elected officials all went on to achieve amazing pro-life records: Reagan became a staunch advocate for preborn children and their mothers, even going on to write a book on the issue of abortion and the conscience of the nation. Senator Santorum led the fight against the brutal practice of partial-birth abortion, while Senator Toomey has a 100 percent pro-life voting record on the current National Right to Life scorecard.
For those who vote on the basis of the life issues, the differences between Trump and Clinton are strikingly clear.