Donald Trump Names Rick Santorum and Other Top Pro-Life Neo-Catholics as Key Advisers

Donald Trump Names Rick Santorum and Other Top Pro-Life [Neo-]Catholics as Key Advisers

STEVEN ERTELT SEP 22, 2016

Fresh from announcing a list of pro-life leaders who are advising him on issues that matter to pro-life voters, Donald Trump has named a group of pro-life Catholic leaders as additional key advisers, including pro-life former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

The list of 33 advisers includes former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran for president in 2012 and 2016 and who was a leader on pro-life issues in Congress — including the ban on partial-birth abortions. Faith Whittlesey, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and a high-ranking political official in the Reagan White House is also on the list of pro-life Catholics advising Trump.

“The choice for Catholics in this presidential election could not be more stark,” Whittlesey said in a statement. ”

“Clinton support a breathtakingly radical cultural agenda and judicial nominees which leave no room for the legal protection of the unborn and the ability of Christians to fully and freely practice their faith that is constitutionally protected by the First Amendment,” she said. “Trump will fight for Catholics in defense of life, and their religious liberty.”

Joseph Cella, founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, is also involved as is Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, as well as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback; Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union; former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating (R); U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, Republican of Ohio; Jim Nicholson, former Republican national chairman, secretary of veterans affairs and ambassador to the Vatican; longtime conservative leader Richard Viguerie; and Tom Monaghan of Michigan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and the Ave Maria University.

Earlier this month, Trump announced support for defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business if it does not stop killing unborn children in abortion. Since the abortion corporation has no intention of doing so, Trump believes federal taxpayer dollars should not flow to it.

Trump also issued a issued a call to make permanent the Hyde Amendment that bans almost all federal taxpayer funding of abortions and is credited with saving the lives of over 1 million Americans from abortion. In that call is also a request for defunding Planned Parenthood — which stands in stark contrast to the essentially joint campaign Hillary Clinton and the abortion corporation are running for president. Planned Parenthood’s CEO is crisscrossing the country for Clinton and has put up $20 million for her.

The call for defunding Planned Parenthood comes in a new letter from Trump today.

“Hillary Clinton’s unwavering commitment to advancing taxpayer-funded abortion on-demand stands in stark contrast to the commitments I’ve made to advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers when elected president. I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women,” Trump says.

Marjorie Dannenfelser of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List heralded Trump’s call for defunding the abortion giant.

“Not only has Mr. Trump doubled down on his three existing commitments to the pro-life movement, he has gone a step further in pledging to protect the Hyde Amendment and the conscience rights of millions of pro-life taxpayers,” Dannenfelser said. “For a candidate to make additional commitments during a general election is almost unheard of. The contrast could not be clearer between the two tickets.”

In the document, Trump also says he plants to nominate Constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court, signing into law a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, and making the Hyde Amendment permanent.

“Your help is crucial to make this contrast clear in the minds of pro-life voters, especially those in battleground states,” the letter reads.

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