Businessman Donald Trump, who has been campaigning as a pro-life candidate, has captured a victory in the New Hampshire primary tonight after coming in second place in Iowa earlier this month. Trump won the Republican vote and is currently followed by pro-life Ohio Governor John Kasich and pro-life Senator Ted Cruz third.
With 40 percent of the vote tallied, Trump has 34 percent to 16 percent for Kasich and 12 percent for Cruz. Jeb Bush is currently in 4th place followed by Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson.
One of the biggest questions coming out of New Hampshire may be whether or not a New Hampshire victory is the kiss of death for a candidate. Only three New Hampshire primary winners have gone on to become president in the last 40 years: Presidents George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Meanwhile, none of the most recent Republican winners in New Hampshire have gone on to become president, including Pat Buchanan, John Mccain (who won twice) and Mitt Romney.
Since his conversion, Trump doesn’t appear to have promoted abortion and continues to say he is pro-life and opposed to funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. But, in early February, when asked on the campaign trail to provide more specifics about the kind of abortion policies he would implement as president, he declined to give any specifics.
Instead, he repeated what he has say countless times before that he is pro-life on abortion but without providing any further details about what he would do on a myriad of pro-life issues he will face as president — most notably naming judges to the Supreme Court who will determine the abortion policy for the nation for decades to come.
The lack of specifics has already caused a group of leading pro-life women to encourage pro-life voters not to vote for Trump.
In a letter provided to LifeNews, the group of pro-life women leaders claim Trump is not trustworthy on the abortion issue because offhanded comments he’s made make it appear he supports pro-abortion judges on the Supreme Court or a pro-abortion vice-presidential running mate. The group includes heavy hitters like Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List and Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America and black pro-life activist Star Parker.
The letter comes after an op-ed Trump wrote over the weekend outlining his pro-life views on abortion.
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.
As LifeNews previously reported, Gov. Kasich has a strong pro-life record and has advanced the pro-life cause in his state. In fact, under Gov. Kasich’s leadership, Ohio abortions dropped to an all time low and when he took office, the state had 18 abortion facilities and now they have 11. Ohio Right to Life, the state affiliate of National Right to Life, has supported Gov. Kasich in the past and worked with him on 12 pro-life initiatives in their state.
The Public Relations Manager for Ohio Right to Life, Katie McCann, said previously that their governor has been a champion for life.
She said, “We are endlessly grateful for Governor Kasich’s compassion for women and their children. His administration is doing its job by holding these mills accountable to basic health and safety standards.
Kasich has been fairly vocal about his disapproval of Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos exposing their organ harvesting business. In July, a spokesperson for Gov. Kasich said in press release that he supports investigating the abortion company’s practices in Ohio.
In September, Kasich called for de-funding Planned Parenthood.
In an interview with Newsmax TV he said, “I’m for getting rid of all this Planned Parenthood funding and to be able to shift it to other kinds of family planning institutions. But if you shut the government down, the president is not going to give on this. Shut the government down and then open it up without achieving anything — there may be some people that think that’s great. I do not and neither do the vast majority, I believe, of American voters and Americans themselves…”
In a recent interview, pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz expounded on his pro-life views and said that pro-abortion Democrats use the issue of contraception to try to attack pro-life Republicans and make them look like extremists.
“I am unequivically pro-life, I believe that every life is a precious gift from God that needs to be protected from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death,” he said. “But the Democrats didn’t raise that battle on the issue of life; instead they did it on contraceptives, and it was deliberately deceptive, they were trying to scare young women into thinking some politician is going to come take their birth control away from them.”
During the last Republican debate, Marco Rubio outlined his clear prolife position.
“On the issue of life, to me, the issue of life is not a political issue. It’s a human rights issue and it’s a difficult issue, because it puts in conflict two competing rights. On the one hand is the right of a woman to choose what to do with her body which is a real right,’ Rubio said. “And on the other hand is the right of an unborn human child to live. And they’re in conflict. And as a policy maker, I must choose which one of these two sides takes precedence. And I have chosen to err on the side of life.”
“I do believe deeply that all human life is worthy of the protection of laws,” Rubio said. “I’ve already said, for me, the issue of life is not a political issue and I want to be frank. I would rather lose an election than be wrong on the issue of life.”