Monday, October 26, 2020

The most pro-life U.S. President in history

President Trump is very competitive.

One has no difficulty identifying this streak in his dealings in the past, and the books he's written about them.

I found this tendency of his most striking when he acknowledged a record he could not beat. When President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush passed away in 2018, there was honor for their 73 years of marriage. President Trump recognized his own mortality limits his ability to break that record. His marriage begun in 2005 would have to last until 2078 to match that. He would have to live to 132, and that's not going to happen.

Not winning everything has not stopped him from aiming for things he can win. As President, Donald Trump has worked with advisors to maximize opportunities to put in place pro-life policy and judicial restraint more than any of his predecessors.

(Speaking of his predecessors, it's worth noting that while the “most pro-life President” comment implies that his predecessors were not “as pro-life,” their policies were also necessary steps before him. President Trump stands on their shoulders. I, for one, am grateful for Presidents Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43, and their pro-life accomplishments. President Reagan is still the only President to author a pro-life book while in office.)

Those predecessors did not fully outlaw abortion and other policies hostile to human life, and in doing so, they left room for a successor like President Trump to take up the mantle of being the most pro-life President in history.

There are two ways in which President Trump is doing the same, leaving room for a more pro-life successor.

First, abortion is still legal. With the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, and her addition to other rule-of-law justices on the Court, this may not be the case for much longer. I hope this is the case. I commend President Trump's handling and timing of who he wanted to nominate to replace particular aging justices.

If restrictions on abortion are allowed by the Supreme Court, that could mitigate, in part, the second way President Trump is leaving room for a future President to pursue even more pro-life policies.

Second, Congress funds abortion providers. Taxpayers don't directly fund abortion, per the Hyde Amendment, but they fund organizations that do. Abortion provider Planned Parenthood is one of the most cunning and deceitful examples of siphoning off taxpayer funds toward its evil ends.

If President Trump wins a second term, I hope he makes defunding Planned Parenthood and any other abortion-providing organization a priority. It's worth going to the mat over this and enduring whatever government shutdown threats may be brought against him and his Administration to bring an end to the U.S. funding of organizations that kill precious unborn children every week.

President Trump has already demonstrated how to be effective in taking a stand, and this continues to be effective.

I hope he has four more years to take an even stronger stand, and does.

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