In some of his clearest and most forceful remarks on the issue of
abortion since becoming a presidential candidate, businessman Donald
Trump wrote a weekend op-ed in the Washington Examiner newspaper outlining his pro-life views and blasting both abortion and Roe v.Wade.
Trump opens the column explaining that he is pro-life with exceptions only for the very rarest abortions.
“Let me be clear — I am pro-life. I support that position with
exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at
risk,” he said. “I did not always hold this position, but I had a
significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life
into perspective for me.”
Trump said America has gone astray because it has moved away from the
founding principles the nation’s founders put in most — most notably
the right to life.
America, when it is at its best, follows a set of rulesOne of the top things any president can do is ensure that taxpayer
that have worked since our Founding. One of those rules is that we, as
Americans, revere life and have done so since our Founders made it the
first, and most important, of our “unalienable” rights.
Over time, our culture of life in this country has started sliding
toward a culture of death. Perhaps the most significant piece of
evidence to support this assertion is that since Roe v. Wade
was decided by the Supreme Count 43 years ago, over 50 million Americans
never had the chance to enjoy the opportunities offered by this
country. They never had the chance to become doctors, musicians,
farmers, teachers, husbands, fathers, sons or daughters. They never had
the chance to enrich the culture of this nation or to bring their
skills, lives, loves or passions into the fabric of this country. They
are missing, and they are missed.
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funds are not used to pay for abortions or to fund groups like Planned
Parenthood that promote and perform abortions. Trump staked out a clear
pro-life position opposing government funding of abortions — in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton, who is making a push for free abortions a hallmark of her campaign.
The Supreme Court in 1973 based its decision on imagining“The next president must follow those principles that work best and
rights and liberties in the Constitution that are nowhere to be found.
Even if we take the court at its word, that abortion is a matter of
privacy, we should then extend the argument to the logical conclusion
that private funds, then, should subsidize this choice rather than the
half billion dollars given to abortion providers every year by Congress.
Public funding of abortion providers is an insult to people of
conscience at the least and an affront to good governance at best.
If using taxpayer money to facilitate our slide to a culture of death
were not enough, the 1973 decision became a landmark decision
demonstrating the utter contempt the court had for federalism and the
10th Amendment. Roe v. Wade gave the court an excuse to
dismantle the decisions of state legislatures and the votes of the
people. This is a pattern that the court has repeated over and over
again since that decision. Roe v. Wade became yet another incidence of disconnect between the people and their government.
that reinforce the reverence Americans hold for life,” Trump concludes.
“A culture of life is too important to let slip away for convenience or
political correctness. It is by preserving our culture of life that we
will Make America Great Again.”