| Written By Corine Gatti-Santillo |
The war wages against late-term abortion. Our voices are heard via social media, Hollywood and echos through the halls of Congress.
With all the political threats against protecting the unborn, folks, we are at war.
So is President Donald Trump.
“Most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions — rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother — the same position taken by Ronald Reagan,” said Trump.
Seen as the most prolific pro-life president in history, Trump is following the footsteps of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush to protect the sanctity of life.
“Life is winning in America once again,” Vice President Mike Pence said in a passionate speech at CPAC about the president’s stance on pro-life.
“But for all the progress we’re making, tragically, at the very moment that more Americans than ever before are embracing the right to life, leading members of the Democratic Party are embracing a radical agenda of abortion on demand.” Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to undeviatingly address the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington in 2018 – continuing to set his pro-life agenda.
However, the wheels were already in motion during the winter of 2017. Trump signed legislation overturning an Obama Administration rule prohibiting states from defunding abortion service providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X funds. Planned Parenthood collected $564.8 million between 2017-2018 in federal funds and reimbursement grants, according to their annual report. Non-government health services revenue was valued at $365.7 million. “Planned Parenthood’s provision of abortion increased by more than 11,000 last year, from 321,384 in 2016–17 to 332,757 this past year,” according to the National Review. The Administration is forcing taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from giving referrals to abortion clinics. They must comply by Sept. 18. Oral arguments opposing the restrictions will be heard in a San Francisco federal court the same month. Planned Parenthood announced it will pull out from the family planning program, unless a federal court intervenes.
This isn’t a Trump law as many erroneously believe. The law on the books since 1976 is called the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of federal funds for abortions except in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
“For too long that money has been used to subsidize the provision of abortion contrary to the statute. Congress has said that you cannot support abortion as a method of family planning,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Fox News. “We’re just finally enforcing it.”
Trump also reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy by stopping backdoor funding to foreign NGO’s who actively fund abortions. This policy was initially launched by the Reagan Administration at the International Population Conference Mexico City in 1984. Reagan maintained that the U.S. would not contribute funds to non-governmental organizations promoting abortion “as a method of family planning in other nations.” This became known as the Mexico City Policy. This was later revoked by President Bill Clinton and reinstated by George W. Bush and revoked again by the Barack Obama Administration.
The Trump Administration also paused money going to the United Nations Population Fund. The program allegedly is connected to funding China’s forced abortion procedures. UNFPA called the State Department’s claim “erroneous.”
Tax money should not fund abortions in America or overseas, as it is a violation of our religious rights.
One man in Oregon took his beliefs to a courthouse and won.
Michael Bowman decided to stop paying taxes because of his pro-life beliefs 20 years ago. The government brought felony tax evasion charges against him. A judge dismissed the case stating that Bowman didn’t deceive the IRS, as he was forthcoming regarding the reasons for not paying taxes. He will face misdemeanor charges, however. Oregon is one of 16 other states that use tax money for elective abortions through Medicaid. These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Vermont and Washington.
Supporters of pro-life can applaud the efforts of the Trump Administration and people like Bowman standing up for their convictions. No matter how many political wins are added to the pro-life scoreboard — until abortion becomes illegal, the fight wages on.
We leave you with this message from the Apostle Paul.
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.”
– 1 Peter 4:12-13