Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in accepting the nomination of the party today, drove home the number one concern for pro-life voters this election — what will happen to the Supreme Court and its control over the fate of abortion.
“The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead,” Trump said.
“We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution,” Trump said. “The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election. The politicians have talked about it, I’m going to do it.
Trump also specifically reached out to evangelicals and pro-life voters with a message about religious liberty and allowing pastors and priests the opportunity to preach pro-life political values from the pulpit.
“At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits,” Trump said. “An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views. I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans.”
Trump also went after pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying, if elected, she would leave a “legacy” of “death, destruction and weakness.”
“But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy,” he said.
“I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens,” he said.