Political observers and commentators are devoting unparalleled attention to the astonishing results of last Tuesday’s national election.
Many reporters and political analysts are cataloguing their list of those who emerged as winners and losers as a result of the results of November 8th.
What is unmistakable is that one of the biggest losers was the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its nationwide chain of abortion clinics.
Political affiliates of Planned Parenthood spent approximately $38 million in efforts to elect Hillary Clinton President and pro-abortion candidates to the U.S. Congress.
Clinton has been an unthrottled cheerleader for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. She and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards have been more than kindred spirits. Had Clinton won, Planned Parenthood would have owned the Oval Office.
Hillary Clinton’s rabid pro-abortion views have been known for quite some time. The extreme nature of those views was on ugly display during the third presidential debate when she heartlessly defended the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion.
With the election of Donald Trump, the real prospect exists that Congress will pass legislation or appropriations bills defunding Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant receives approximately $500 million a year in taxpayer funding, which is estimated to comprise as much as 40% of its annual budget.
While Trump was quoted during the campaign as saying that Planned Parenthood does “many good things,” he has been adamant that he opposes federal funds being allocated to the organization so long as it continues performing abortions.
President-elect Trump’s website states that his new administration will work to “protect innocent human life from conception to natural death” and “protect individual conscience in health care.”
Trump can deliver on this pledge in short order on a number of subjects. First of all, it is hoped that any replacement to Obamacare will put an end to federal taxpayer subsidies of health insurance plans that include abortion coverage.
It is also hoped that the new Secretary of Health and Human Services will abolish the contraceptive and abortion drug mandate, which required that all health insurance policies include no-cost coverage of abortifacient drugs and devices.
Trump has also pledged to sign legislation banning late-term abortions. Known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, it would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
While it will be an uphill battle to win passage of the bill in the Senate and it would have an uncertain fate before the Supreme Court, it will nonetheless be most helpful to have a favorable pen in the Oval Office on this and other pro-life priorities.
Trump’s most lasting contribution to the pro-life cause will be his appointment(s) to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump is the first presidential candidate in American history to forthrightly declare that he will appoint “pro-life judges” to the High Court.
In similar unprecedented fashion, Trump has released two lists of potential nominees, all of whom would be expected to decide cases based on a strict construction of the original meaning of the Constitution.
First up will be the selection of a replacement for deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. Even if Trump is successful in appointing a conservative justice to replace him, the High Court would still be split between four liberals, four conservatives, and one moderate swing vote in disgraced Justice Anthony Kennedy.
However, if one of the liberal justices on the Court were to retire or die while still serving, Trump would have the opportunity to appoint a fifth conservative justice. That could lead to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, and the return of abortion jurisdiction to the states.
Please be praying that a President Trump will be an instrument for legislative and judicial actions which will protect preborn children and all those who are vulnerable to anti-life forces in our culture.
LifeNews.com Note: Joe Ortwerth writes for the Missouri Family Policy Council.