Undecided pro-life voters were given a rare opportunity on Friday to evaluate the two leading contenders for president, as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump addressed their positions on abortion in depth during speeches given at events in the D.C. area.
In attempt to reassure Christian conservatives, Trump spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference, outlining some of their “shared values” and common goals on issues such as abortion and religious liberty. “We want to uphold the sanctity and dignity of human life,” Trump stated, as well as “the right of people of faith to freely practice their faith.” He vowed to protect “the right of churches to speak their mind on political matters free from intimidation.” Trump also stressed the importance of the Supreme Court this election, noting that every judge on his list of potential justices is pro-life, while Clinton would appoint “radical judges who will legislate from the bench.” Clinton, he noted, would “restrict religious freedom with government mandates” and would “push for federal funding of abortion on demand up until the moment of birth.”
Clinton confirmed this later that night in a speech before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, making the contrast between the two on life even more apparent. She began the speech by thanking the group, which plans to spend upwards of $20 million on her campaign, stating that her victory “belongs to” them. She went on to call for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a proposal too radical for nearly 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of those who consider themselves pro-choice. She also called for increased funding of Planned Parenthood, which plans to spend $20 million in support of her candidacy. “I’ve been proud to stand with Planned Parenthood for a long time,” she said, to rapturous applause, “And as president, I will always have your back.” Trump, on the other hand, “wants to appoint justices who want to overturn Roe v. Wade. He of course wants to defund Planned Parenthood.”
For those pro-lifers still undecided about who to vote for this November, their choices just became much clearer.
Danny Cannon works for the American Principles Project.