It should come as little surprise that Donald Trump’s unexpected victory is causing panic in the abortion industry.
The Republican president-elect vowed to nominate “pro-life” justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and to sign a bill to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood as long as it continues to do abortions. With Republican majorities also elected to the U.S. House and Senate, pro-lifers are hopeful that federal lawmakers will enact new protections for unborn babies in the near future.
But abortion activists already are fighting back, declaring that they will do everything they can to keep abortion on demand legal and easily accessible.
Diana Friedman, a California abortion practitioner who writes under a pseudonym, recently wrote a column for the pro-abortion site Rewire that presented a picture of the abortion industry’s reaction to the election.
Early on the morning after the election, Friedman said she struggled with what to say when her young daughter noticed her crying. Later, Freidman said she sobbed as she drove to work, listening to Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. When she arrived at her abortion facility, she said she noticed that other staff also had pink, puffy eyes from crying, and “there was a communal despondence in the air.”
A couple patients asked her about the election that day, and one patient said she didn’t like either candidate or see much of a difference between them – a statement that Friedman did not like at all.
“I shuddered with the realization that many women and men of this country do not understand the extent to which reproductive freedom will likely be under attack in the new administration,” she wrote.
Later, she continued:
All day, in between patients, I glanced at social media and opinion pieces that made two distinct points about the path forward. The first spoke of coming together, of healing our nation from this vociferous election that has divided us so dramatically, of finding compromise with our fellow Americans.
This message does not resonate with me. I am confident in this moment that I share no ideological common ground with Donald Trump and those of his supporters who wish to severely restrict reproductive rights in a presidency ruled by misogyny.
The other type of message, the one that began to pull me out of my depressive funk, was that of resilience. I received email messages from friends, colleagues, and all the reproductive health organizations that I support. In just two short months, it seems safe to say our work and values will be under attack by Republican-controlled executive and legislative branches of government. We will need to organize now to fight like hell for the next four years to protect women’s basic rights.
When abortion activists talk about “women’s basic rights” what they really mean is the ability to kill an unborn baby for any reason, at any stage of pregnancy. Their chosen candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton, supported late-term abortions, including partial-birth abortions, and wanted to force taxpayers to fund them. Clinton’s extreme pro-abortion policies appealed to only a small minority of Americans. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose late-term and taxpayer-funded abortions.
America already has some of the most permissive abortion laws in the world, being one of only seven nations, including North Korea and China, that allow elective abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Every year, about 1 million unborn babies lose their lives to abortion in the U.S. But many pro-lifers believe a Clinton administration would have pushed abortion to an even greater extreme, opening the doors for more unborn babies to be killed.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Americans rejected this pro-abortion extremism. And hopefully, the in-coming Trump administration and Congressional leaders will respond by passing more protections against abortion, which a strong majority of Americans support, and, ultimately, full protections of unborn babies’ right to life.