President Donald Trump has announced a long list of priorities for his second term in office. Among them is a renewed dedication to protecting unborn children from abortion and protecting the religious rights of Christian American who don’t want to be forced to fund abortions.
In a bullet point list of dozens of priorities, the Trump campaign listed “Protect unborn life through every means available” — which would build on the tremendously pro-life record Trump has built as president so far.
“Defend the freedoms of religious believers and organizations,” is another priority, which is important given the desire of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to force Christians to fund abortions directly, and also make Christian groups like Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby pay for abortions via their health insurance programs.
The Trmp campaign has another priority for a second term that is of interest to pro-life voters: “Continue nominating constitutionalist Supreme Court and lower court judges.” There is a very real possibility that the next president will have multiple Supreme Court picks and these selections will undoubtedly shape the future of abortion law in the United States for decades to come. It’s a certainty that Joe Biden will name the most radical pro-abortion nominees to the high court as possible and if unborn babies are to have any chance of legal protection, President Trump must be re-elected so judges can be appointed who would potentially overturn Roe and allow states to protect babies from abortion.
These pro-life themes would ensure President Trump builds on the already long list of pro-life accomplishments he has so far.
In one of his first acts as president, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The change defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars.
Trump has repeatedly called out the Democratic Party’s extreme position on abortion. During his State of the Union address Trump slammed the governors of New York and Virginia for promoting abortion up to birth and infanticide. He also called for Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortions on babies who are capable of feeling pain.
Trump and his administration have made a number of changes to protect those who morally object to abortions, expanding conscience protections for medical workers who believe it is wrong to kill an unborn baby and increasing religious exemptions for Obamacare.
His administration also intervened to stop the United Nations from supporting abortion in a resolution about sexual violence. In 2018, under his leadership, the State Department removed references to the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby from a global human rights report as well.
During his presidency, the administration also finalized a new Title X rule that requires health care entities to completely separate abortion from their taxpayer-funded services. Planned Parenthood, which already has said it will not comply, could lose about $60 million annually through the policy change. However, the abortion group is suing to block the cuts.
Trump has appointed dozens of conservative judges to federal courts as well, including two to the U.S. Supreme Court and he has repeatedly told the UN that he will not promote abortion as a human right.