The radical pro-abortion group NARAL launched a $300,000 ad campaign this week to bash Donald Trump and three pro-life Republicans running for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
The Hill reports NARAL is running the ad in three battleground states against pro-life Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Joe Heck of Nevada and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. The ads link the pro-life Senators to some of Trump’s controversial comments about women and abortion.
“Women will loose” if these pro-life lawmakers are re-elected, the ads claim. They then show a clip of Trump saying women who have abortions should face “some sort of punishment.” Trump later backtracked on the comment, but abortion activists continue to resurrect the statement to bash pro-lifers.
While pro-life advocates yearn for the day when unborn children are protected under law and abortions are banned, the pro-life movement has historically opposed punishing women who have abortions — instead focusing on holding abortion practitioners criminally accountable for the unborn children they kill in abortions. When abortions were illegal pre-Roe, women were not prosecuted and current abortion bans, such as the ban on partial-birth abortions, do not punish women who have abortions.
The NARAL ads end in typical election fear-mongering fashion, accusing Trump and the pro-life Senators of being “dangerous, reckless, scary.”
Sasha Bruce, NARAL’s senior vice president of campaigns and strategy, told The Hill that Trump and the three U.S. Senators are advocating for the exact same policies; they just are using different words to do it.
“They want to ban abortion, restrict access to contraception and fight against equal pay,” Bruce said. “This is their shared agenda. For women and families it is dangerous, reckless and scary.”
Planned Parenthood’s political arm also has been actively involved in the election, buying ads trashing Republican candidate Donald Trump, attacking his pro-life running mate Mike Pence, and organizing events to target young, pro-abortion voters.
Pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton is abortion activists’ choice for the White House. Clinton promised to work to repeal the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions on demand. She also promised to nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices who will uphold Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand up to birth. With up to four high court seats coming open in the next four years, the next president could have the power to sway the court’s decisions on abortion for decades.
In contrast, Trump recently announced a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees — a list pro-life and conservative groups praised for having potential judges who would be strong Constitutionalists.
Earlier this month, Trump released a letter outlining his pro-life policies, including his support for defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. He also called to make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which bans almost all federal taxpayer funding of abortions through Medicaid.
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 markets their body parts.
In February, 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.