I have said many times that I am a single-issue voter. I do not believe that being right on any single issue qualifies a candidate for office. But I do believe that being wrong on certain issues can disqualify a candidate. And for me, abortion is one of those issues. If a candidate supports abortion rights, then he is disqualified from my vote as long as there are other alternatives in the field.
Over 57 million people have been killed legally under the regime of Roe v. Wade. There is no question that abortion-on-demand is the greatest human rights crisis of our time in our country. That is why we have to have the singular focus of ending that immoral regime. For me, this issue transcends every other contentious issue in public life.
For this reason, defunding Planned Parenthood—the nation’s leading abortion provider—should be a priority for every pro-life voter. As Ross Douthat has ably demonstrated, there is no pro-life case for Planned Parenthood. And now we are learning that Planned Parenthood has been involved in the illegal sale of baby parts. The most recent video from the Center for Medical Progress was released earlier today, and it reveals that some baby parts were sold to researchers without consent of the mother (watch above). There is no question that Planned Parenthood as an organization is an affront to the sanctity of human life, and it is past time for us to cut off the flow of tax-payer money to Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills.
Prolifers must insist that politicians exhibit moral clarity on this point. Those who fall short of this moral clarity on Planned Parenthood deserve open scrutiny and opposition from the prolife community.
That is why Donald Trump’s recent statements on abortion have been unacceptable. He is leading the field of candidates for president in the GOP, and he claims to be prolife. Yet his remarks this week do not display moral clarity on the issue. Two items in particular:
1. Even though he recently called for defunding Planned Parenthood, he is now saying that he’s open to funding those parts of Planned Parenthood that do not involve abortion. But this is not a good argument. He’s a businessman, so I assume he understands that money is fungible. And that is why we cannot tolerate a single dime of federal money going to Planned Parenthood. But Trump argued otherwise yesterday. His remarks led the The Daily Beast to declare that “Donald Trump is Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Republican.” His openness to support Planned Parenthood in any measure is not a pro-life position.
2. Trump claims to be pro-life, but the position he laid out yesterday on CNN follows pro-abortion logic. In his own words:
“I am pro-life and I am strongly about pro-life, but I also feel that you go with the exceptions… I’m for the exceptions and the health of the mother and the life of the mother and so is Ronald Reagan for the exceptions, by the way.”
Did you catch that? He said that he not only favors exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother but also for the “health” of the mother. Anyone who knows anything about the legal situation on abortion understands that the Supreme Court has interpreted “health” so broadly that it allows abortion for any reason at any stage of pregnancy. Does Trump realize that he not only just made the case for funding Planned Parenthood but also for the continuation of Roe v. Wade? This is unacceptable. I suppose it is possible that he didn’t realize what he was saying, but ignorance on abortion politics is equally unacceptable.
This is a time for visionary prolife leadership, not for dithering and weakness in the face of Planned Parenthood’s mounting body count. We need to watch the videos, and we need to watch our politicians. There is much at stake.