Trump and Pence Have Been a Solid Pro-Life Team. Here’s What They’ve Accomplished

Opinion   |   Gary Bauer   |   Nov 19, 2020   |   7:40PM   |   Washington, DC

When Donald Trump announced his campaign for president, many in the pro-life community were skeptical about his commitment to the sanctity of life. It didn’t take long for Trump to dispel those concerns.

There’s an old saying in Washington, “Personnel is policy.” And Donald Trump’s first major appointment was to select pro-life stalwart Mike Pence as his running mate. Together, the Trump/Pence team has been the most pro-life administration in history.

Here’s a brief look at the Trump record:

  • President Trump reinstated Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City policy barring taxpayer funding of overseas abortions.
  • He cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
  • He appointed three pro-life justices to the Supreme Court and appointed more than 200 constitutionalist judges to lower federal courts.
  • He routinely used the bully pulpit to promote pro-life policies and repeatedly urged Congress to ban late-term abortions.
  • And in January, President Trump became the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life in person.

We don’t yet know how the election will be resolved, but if things continue on their current course, we could well be facing four years of tremendous push back and pro-abortion advocacy. Ironically, it’s coming from some who claim to be committed Christians.

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Joe Biden frequently touts his Catholic faith and could be the first Catholic president in 60 years. While abortion wasn’t much of an issue for John F. Kennedy, he condemned Japan’s attempt to control its population through abortion as “repugnant to all Americans.”

In stark contrast to JFK, Joe Biden went to China and defended the communist regime’s forced abortion policy, saying it was “understandable” and he wasn’t “second-guessing” it.

Not surprisingly, Biden supports federally subsidized abortions and was endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.

Alarmed by Biden’s embrace of abortion on demand, America’s Catholic bishops announced this week that they are forming a task force to address the expected challenges a Biden Administration may present to the “fundamental values” Catholics hold dear.

The bishops are also concerned about Biden’s promise to reinstate Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, other threats to religious liberty and the independence of Catholic schools.

Catholics aren’t the only ones grappling with the issue. Some evangelicals embraced Joe Biden and even attempted to make a “pro-life case” for his election. Note: Gary Bauer is the president of American Values, a national pro-family organization and is the former president of the Family Research Council. Bauer ran for the Republican nomination for president and appears frequently on radio and television programs.