OCTOBER 26

Donald Trump has been a failure on pro-life issues

As Christians, we strongly affirm the dignity and value of human life, from conception until natural death. President Trump has promised to fight abortion, but he hasn’t stopped organizations like Planned Parenthood from growing their funding. His Supreme Court appointees have not resulted in wins for the pro-life movement. And the Trump administration has also fought in favor of the death penalty, which is antithetical to the pro-life movement. This record is what is supposed to make us overlook everything else about the man?

Trump's Record

Planned Parenthood still funded under Trump

“[T]he annual report reveals that Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions from October 2017 to October 2018 — more than in any previous year. And financial records show the nonprofit received more taxpayer dollars in the fiscal year ending last June than ever before ($617 million) through Medicaid and other health service program reimbursements and grants, constituting 37% of its overall revenue.”

“Planned Parenthood reports rise in government funding, record number of abortions”, The Washington Times, January 6, 2020


Kavanaugh refuses to take up abortion case

“To Nicholas Drake, pastor at Richland Baptist, a rural church in Kingdom City, Missouri, Kavanaugh’s decision could not have been more disappointing. In an interview, Drake said that during the nomination process he was hopeful about where Kavanaugh would land on the issue, but that he was hearing “conflicting things.”

Kavanaugh’s comments during his confirmation hearings gave him more reason for concern. Kavanaugh said at the time that Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion ruling, was “an important precedent of the Supreme Court that has been reaffirmed many times.”

“It was clear that he was pro-life, but at the same time he seemed to be very big on the precedent, so I thought, ‘Hmm,’” Drake said. “It gave me a hesitance about whether he would be able to side with the conservatives, and so far, this most recent decision proved that he hasn’t.”

“Abortion opponents are starting to worry Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the ally they were expecting”, CNBC, December 12, 2018


“There is yet another way to eliminate others, one aimed not at countries but at individuals. It is the death penalty. Saint John Paul II stated clearly and firmly that the death penalty is inadequate from a moral standpoint and no longer necessary from that of penal justice. There can be no stepping back from this position. Today we state clearly that “the death penalty is inadmissible” and the Church is firmly committed to calling for its abolition worldwide.”

- His Holiness Pope Francis

(“Fratelli Tutti”, §263, October 3, 2020)

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“The [Trump] administration's move to start executing prisoners on federal death row after a 16-year hiatus reverses a trend away from capital punishment in the US and tees up yet another divide between President Donald Trump and Democrats, who are nearly united in opposition.”

“Trump returns to the death penalty as Democrats turn against it”, CNN, July 27, 2019


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