Yesterday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met with over 1,000 pro-life leaders and activists from across the country and promised to appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court. But Trump also named a special faith advisory panel that will be filled by a number of respected pro-life leaders.
Trump’s campaign said the board will provide advisory support on issues important to evangelical Christians and other people of faith, including pro-life topics. The board also will lead “a much larger Faith and Cultural Advisory Committee” that will be announced later this month.
Trump praised the members of the new panel.
“I have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am president,” he said.
Here is a list of the members of the new panel:
- Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann
- A.R. Bernard, senior pastor and CEO, Christian Cultural Center
- Mark Burns, pastor, Harvest Praise and Worship Center
- Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors
- Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, founders, Kenneth Copeland Ministries
- James Dobson , author, psychologist and host, My Family Talk
- Jerry Falwell Jr., president, Liberty University
- Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor, Cross Church
- Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor, Free Chapel
- Jack Graham, senior pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
- Harry Jackson, senior pastor, Hope Christian Church
- Robert Jeffress, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas
- David Jeremiah, senior pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
- Richard Land, president, Southern Evangelical Seminary
- James MacDonald, founder and senior pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
- Johnnie Moore, president, The KAIROS Company
- Robert Morris, senior pastor, Gateway Church
- Tom Mullins, senior pastor, Christ Fellowship
- Ralph Reed, founder, Faith and Freedom Coalition
- James Robison, founder, Life OUTREACH International
- Tony Suarez, executive vice president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
- Jay Strack, president, Student Leadership University
- Paula White, senior pastor, New Destiny Christian Center
- Tom Winters, attorney, Winters and King, Inc.
- Sealy Yates, attorney, Yates and Yates
Recently, Trump released a well-received list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees — a list pro-life groups hailed for having strong supporters of the Constitution. Trump also recently hired a key pro-life advocate has his domestic policy director.
If Trump is the nominee, he would present a stark contrast on abortion to pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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.”
As far as Trump’s comments on Planned Parenthood funding are concerned, Trump has fairly consistently said he opposes taxpayer funding but he’s also made some remarks about the “good things” Planned Parenthood does that have alarmed pro-life voters — as if any “good thing” could make up for the fact that planned Parenthood kills 330,000 unborn babies a year in abortions and then sells their body parts for profit.
Meanwhile, 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.
Here are some of the headlines we’ve carried at LifeNews.com in recent months that provide further details on what Trump has said regarding Planned Parenthood funding: