At long last, the Republicans have a presumptive nominee in Donald Trump.
For those of us concerned about the right to life of the unborn, now is a good time to reexamine what we know about Mr. Trump, as well as his most likely opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump has made very specific pro-life commitments on the campaign trail. In July of last year, Trump was asked to support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the pro-life movement’s top priority legislation, which would stop abortions after five months – more than halfway through pregnancy. This legislation has passed 15 states and the U.S. House of Representatives, would save 18,000 unborn lives a year, and is generally popular with Americans – women in higher number than men.
In an exclusive statement to CBN’s David Brody, Mr. Trump committed to supporting this legislation and urged Congress to advance it. “We should not be one of seven countries that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks,” said Mr. Trump, “It goes against our core values.”
In February, after Justice Scalia’s tragic death, Mr. Trump committed to appointing constitutionalist judges and, during the February 13thCBS debate, even went so far as to identify Diane Sykes and Bill Pryor as potential choices he would make in appointing justices to the Supreme Court. This alone – preserving the balance of the court and preventing any more pro-abortion extremists – would be a powerful step forward for life.
Marjorie Dannenfelser is the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life organization dedicated to electing leaders and advancing legislation to reduce and ultimately end abortion.