Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List, wasn’t always in Donald Trump’s corner. Earlier this year, she urged Republican primary election voters not to support the businessman for president.
At the time, Dannenfelser said there were “an abundance of alternative candidates with proven records of pro-life leadership whom pro-life voters can support” but that Trump was not one of them.
Now that Trump is the nominee, Dannenfelser is putting forward what she calls the “pro-life case for Donald Trump.” She says Trump has taken specific stances on key pro-life efforts that make him a clear pro-life contrast to pro-abortion Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump has made very specific pro-life commitments on the campaign trail. In July of last year, Trump was asked to support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the pro-life movement’s top priority legislation, which would stop abortions after five months – more than halfway through pregnancy. This legislation has passed 15 states and the U.S. House of Representatives, would save 18,000 unborn lives a year, and is generally popular with Americans – women in higher number than men.
In an exclusive statement to CBN’s David Brody, Mr. Trump committed to supporting this legislation and urged Congress to advance it. “We should not be one of seven countries that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks,” said Mr. Trump, “It goes against our core values.”
Dannenfelser applauded how Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.
The pro-life leader also applauded how Trump has specifically promised he would sign a bill as president to de-fund Planned Parenthood. In an interview with David Brody of CBN, Trump made that promise:
David Brody: “As a President Trump, if a bill came to your desk that would defund Planned Parenthood you would support that, you would sign that?”
Donald Trump: “Yes, because as long as they do the abortion I am not for funding Planned Parenthood… As long as they’re involved with abortion, as far as I’m concerned forget it, I wouldn’t fund them regardless. I would defund Planned Parenthood because of their view and the fact of their work on abortion…. I am for defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they are involved with abortion.”
Last fall for the first time since they began receiving federal taxpayer dollars, a bill defunding Planned Parenthood made it to the President’s desk. With pro-life majorities in both chambers, our movement has never been closer to achieving such important policy goals. The White House is the missing piece. And if Donald Trump is elected president, we expect fidelity to the commitments he has made during the campaign.
He has already taken positive steps to surround himself with strong pro-life advisors like Sarah Huckabee and John Mashburn. This is an encouraging start to Mr. Trump’s general election campaign where he will take on Hillary Clinton, who recently admitted that “the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” and has moved even to the left of Barack Obama in her support for abortion on demand, at taxpayer’s expense.
While Trump has made some pro-life promises, Dannenfelser says Clinton has pro-abortion guarantees:
Not only does Clinton support increased funding for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, she’s argued that Americans have an obligation to support abortion at any time, for any reason, with their tax dollars. This is the most dramatic pro-abortion position espoused by a leading political figure to date. It profoundly changes the debate and opens up a clear vulnerability for Hillary Clinton.
Ultimately, the contrast between Trump’s worldview and Clinton’s on abortion is enough for Dannenfelser to say that Trump is the better choice for pro-life voters.
“As we move into the general election, Susan B. Anthony List is already diligently working to engage with voters and expose Hillary Clinton’s extremism, confident that the American people will reject her radical abortion agenda at the ballot box. We believe Mr. Trump, who has already taken strong positions on the life issue throughout the primary campaign, will join us on offense,” she concludes.