Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Donald Trump Gets an A+ So Far on Critical Pro-Life Appointments That Matter to Unborn Children

By Eric Scheidler
Life News

During the Republican primary, Donald Trump wasn’t the first choice for most pro-life voters. He was a recent convert to the pro-life position, and never appeared comfortable talking about the subject of abortion. Meanwhile, among his opponents were recognized pro-life champions who brought both eloquence and an impressive track record on the pro-life issue to the race.

That skepticism remained during the general election, even if the vast majority of pro-life voters cast their ballots for Trump. The urgency of defeating radical abortion advocate Hillary Clinton was clear. But would Trump really follow through on such promises as appointing a pro-life replacement for Antonin Scalia or defunding Planned Parenthood?

I was less skeptical than many about Trump’s conversion to the pro-life position. I noticed something interesting in the notorious 1999 Meet the Press interview in which Trump called himself “pro-choice in every respect.” 

Despite stating his support for legal abortion, even partial birth abortion, Trump simply did not talk about it the way that a “true believer” would. He said the topic of abortion makes him “cringe” and declared, “I hate everything it stands for.” So I was cautiously optimistic that Trump really had come over to the pro-life side, which his instincts had been pointing him toward all along.

And now that we’re a few weeks into the President-elect’s transition, we’re seeing some encouraging signs that Trump will, indeed, be good for the pro-life cause. I would point to three things in particular that give me reason to believe our work defending the lives of unborn children will be more successful under President Trump.

First, I was extremely encouraged by Trump’s 60 Minutes interview. Though he moderated his position on some issues—like whether he would seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton—he stayed firm on his intention to appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. 

In fact, Trump went farther than any previous Republican candidate or President-elect, stating outright that he wanted to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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