Yesterday, President and Mrs. Trump visited the 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Also in attendance were White House Official Kelly Anne Conway, Congressman Steve Scalise, and Senators Steve Daines and Roger Wicker. Former model Kathy Ireland---now a mother of three and outspoken abortion foe---served as moderator and hostess.
President Trump gave the Keynote Address, which was about 30 minutes long. Trump is the first sitting President to have attended.
"When I ran for office, I pledged to stand for life. That's exactly what I've done...One of my first acts as President was to reinstate the 'Mexico City Policy' which prohibits US tax dollars from funding abortion practices overseas...then a few months later...we signed the legislation overturning the rule that forced States to fund abortion providers with tax dollars."
At this point, we should remark that less than two years ago, the Obama Administration and thuggish State AG's like Washington's Bob Ferguson were not only funding these corrupt institutions, they were actively trying to stamp out medical and charitable organizations who refused to provide abortion-related materials. What a difference this Administration has made! Trump continued:
"And today we are making another historic announcement. For decades, American taxpayers have been forced, wrongfully, to subsidize the abortion industry through 'Title X' federal funding. So today, we have kept another promise. My Administration has proposed a new rule to prohibit Title X funding from going to any clinic which performs abortions."
This announcement drew a thunderous applause from the crowd. If this goes through, this will be one of the most significant blows to the abortion racketeers yet. To understand fully its importance, we need to comprehend its historical context.
When Roe vs. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court, the Court's only ruling was that abortion was a constitutionally protected right and that governmental entities could not prohibit it. Nowhere in that decision did the Court make a new law or mandate taxpayer funding for abortion---or, for that matter, even impose upon private clinics and insurance providers any obligation to fund it. The Whacko Left immediately began demanding these things; but the Ford Administration took the position that it was essentially an elective surgery and therefore not covered by any social welfare necessity. This is where those exemptive clauses in various laws about "in cases of rape or to save the life of the mother" came about. There was even at the time a short-lived debate in many States as to whether 'no-fault' abortion should be legalized, or whether both father and mother had to consent.
The 1976 Election of Jimmy Carter brought the issue to a head. Carter was in favor of full federal support for abortions. Title X had been introduced in 1965, but passed under the Nixon Administration. It was designed to have federally-funded clinics for low-income persons. Carter began the policy of covertly funding abortions by contracting out to abortion-mills like Planned Parenthood. The abortion-funding debate split the Democratic Party back then and was responsible for the loss of practically the entire Conservative wing of the Party.
By stripping federal Title X funding for abortion-mills, the Trump Administration is going to end this policy which was aimed first and foremost at destroying the familial integrity of lower-income Americans.
Trump then announced support for the 20-week Abortion Bill which would end late-term abortions. The Bill passed the House, but is currently stalled in the Senate by Democrats and Swamp-RINOs. Personally, I would rather see a Bill banning abortion at any stage in a pregnancy, but under Roe vs. Wade, that currently isn't doable. Trump pointed out the little-known fact, that the US is one of only seven countries in the world which allow elective abortions after 20 weeks. If the public knew that in general, they would see how extreme our laws currently are.
The whole of the President's speech may be viewed on the website of the Susan B. Anthony List, who hosted this event, and which is included in our Blogroll here.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, chairwoman of SBA-List and former head of the Pro-Life Coalition during the Trump Campaign summed up it well:
"The Trump Administration has made unprecedented gains for life. With President Trump leading the charge and pro-life grass-roots activists energized by his agenda, we are closer than ever to ending the injustice of abortion and restoring a society which protects every mother and child."
I would like to attend next year's gala, and hear that it will be the final one because pro-life objectives have been achieved. Wouldn't you?