Pro-Life Leaders Praise Trump Victory, Promise Push for Action
On Tuesday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won the White House in an electoral landslide, even as he appears to have lost the popular vote. Senate Republicans, defending 24 vulnerable seats to the Democrats’ 10, have lost one seat and may lose two, if Kelly Ayotte loses her seat in New Hampshire — leaving the party with a two seat majority heading into a friendly 2018 midterm election. House Republicans held on to a strong majority, losing only six seats to Democrats.
Several key demographics put Trump and Republican Senators over the top — white voters without college degrees, especially — and among them pro-lifers may have been crucial to key Republican victories.
“Exit polling reported that he captured 81 percent of the evangelical vote — exceeding the evangelical support for Bush, McCain and Romney,”Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said. “In the third debate, Trump took on the partial-birth abortion issue and I believe that’s the moment he closed the deal with evangelicals and solidified their support.” Trump’s election was “a stunning rebuke to the political establishment.”
The American People Have Spoken
“The American people have spoken loud and clear,” said American Life League President Judie Brown. “We hear them saying they love our nation, they love Our Lord, they love His babies, and they want to make America great again by shutting down Planned Parenthood once and for all.” The the election is “an historic moment for the pro-life movement,” said Marjorie Dannenelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
Many noted how much the pro-life movement had contributed. Dannenelser noted that “Both the presidential race and the control of the Senate came down to tens of thousands of votes in Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina.” Her group’s outreach to “1.6 million low propensity pro-life voters and persuadable Democratic and Hispanic voters” in these states helped seal the victory.
Created Equal’s Mark Harrington likewise noted that his group’s “vote-anti-abortion campaign traveled 5200 miles to 18 cities in three battleground states and flew 70 tow banner hours.”
Undercover investigator David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, said that in the last year, his group’s videos has “exposed Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry’s barbaric, taxpayer-sponsored criminal scheme to harvest and sell tiny baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains for profit. Yesterday, the American people voted for change agents to respect and protect even the smallest and most forgotten among us, including our unborn brothers and sisters.”
Life Action president Lila Rose said that Tuesday’s results showed the weakness of the abortion industry. “Planned Parenthood has been defeated at the ballot box,” she said.
Despite the millions Planned Parenthood and its allies spent to elect a pro-abortion president and Congress, voters roundly rejected the abortion agenda of Hillary Clinton and the abortion industry that backed her campaign. When the abortion lobby pushed for unregulated abortions through all nine months of pregnancy and wanted to force taxpayers to pay for them, the American people pushed back.
Trump Must Deliver
The pro-life leadership promised to hold Trump accountable to his promises to defund Planned Parenthood, make permanent the Hyde Amendment, nominate a pro-life Supreme Court justice and sign a ban on most late-term abortions. “Our nation will now embark on a path to eliminate abortion and to foster the freedom of the Church. We will be able to advance such an agenda because of the pro-life majorities that now exist both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate,” said Priests for Life’s national director Frank Pavone.
Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler said that his group is “looking forward to working with incoming President Trump and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate to restore legal protection to our unborn brothers and sisters — starting with defunding Planned Parenthood.”
Trump “promised to appoint justices in the mold of Scalia,” wrote Thomas Glessner, founder of the National Institute for Family and Life Advocates, in The Washington Examiner. (Disclosure: NIFLA is a client of this reporter.) “Donald Trump will be expected to honor his commitment to bring sanity back to the judicial branch of our government and ethics back to Washington.”