I Will be Meeting With Donald Trump to Discuss Abortion and Pro-Life Issues, Here’s Why

Opinion   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   May 24, 2016   |   3:23PM   |   Washington, DC

For the past couple of months, I’ve been considering how our movement should proceed in the upcoming Presidential election.

While Students for Life is a culture-changing non-profit and not a political organization, we have the unique opportunity in each major election to mobilize young, passionate people to vote pro-life as well as educate those running for office, on both sides, on our “issue” – the greatest human rights tragedy our world has ever known.

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For many, Donald Trump has not been their first-choice, and over the past several months I’ve heard conflicting statements from him, especially on defunding Planned Parenthood.

A couple of weeks ago, I was presented with the opportunity to join with other key leaders in both the pro-life and Christian spheres to convene a meeting this June with Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, so I took it. It’s just that – a meeting, or rather, a conservation where no big rallies or speeches will happen, but where a constructive dialogue will hopefully take place as we are able to share our deep concerns.

While I know many feel conflicted right now about the upcoming election, we all agree that this November could change the trajectory of legal abortion in our nation. Planned Parenthood must be held accountable and at the very least, and be defunded of our taxpayer dollars. The Supreme Court must have a pro-life jurist replace Justice Scalia.

This may be our only opportunity to sit with the potential leader of the free world and impress upon him the importance of sticking to his promises in helping us to end abortion and educate him on how to talk about our “issue” in a loving and compassionate, yet effective way.

While I know what the key issues are for our movement in this election, I’m struggling with how I will present them to Mr. Trump. I simply don’t want to ask him a question that he can give a “Yes” or “No” answer too. And I don’t want to use my time talking at him about how he can speak more eloquently about abortion. I want my words to be Holy Spirit driven, to not only educate but also impress upon him the importance of the tasks we would want him to fulfill as President.

So today I’m writing you to ask for your help:

1) Can you pray for the outcome of this meeting that is taking place with Mr. Trump in a few weeks?

2) If you have any ideas on what I can say to and ask of Donald Trump in our meeting, can you jot them down for me? To make sure I don’t lose any suggestions in my e-mail box, I’ve created this simple landing page: sfla.webconnex.com/trumpconvo1. Just click here and send me your thoughts.