Time to keep his ‘feet to the fire’: pro-life leaders vow to hold Trump to his promises

Time to keep his ‘feet to the fire’: pro-life leaders vow to hold Trump to his promises

URGENT: Call on President-elect Trump to keep his pro-life promises! Sign the petition now at lifepetitions.com/petition/trump

Claire Chretien

November 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life leaders say Donald Trump’s astonishing victory means Planned Parenthood is “fired” and they will “hold the new administration’s feet to the fire” to ensure Trump keeps his pro-life promises.

Voters “overwhelmingly rejected” the $30 million Planned Parenthood poured into electing pro-abortion candidates, the March for Life tweeted, echoing social conservatives’ relief that Hillary Clinton was not elected.

“This is our time,” said Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, which released memes telling Planned Parenthood, “You’re fired” and “Go fund yourself.”


Gary Bauer called Trump’s win a representation of the “American Revolution 2.0.”

“Our job as defenders of life and family begins again today,” said Human Life International President Father Shenan J. Boquet. “Let us pray that Mr. Trump will adhere to his campaign commitments regarding respect for life, and pray that he is surrounded with men and women of deep faith and strong integrity—men and women who have the courage and conviction to make the radical changes our government requires at this point in our nation’s history. With what appears to be Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress, he should be able to deliver on his pro-life campaign promises, especially defunding Planned Parenthood.”

The Susan B. Anthony List’s Marjorie Dannenfelser said Trump’s victory and pro-life majorities in the Senate and House are a “historic moment for the pro-life movement” that present key opportunities to “end painful late-term abortions, codify the Hyde Amendment, defund Planned Parenthood, and appoint pro-life Supreme Court Justices.”

Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman said now is the time to “hold the new administration’s feet to the fire throughout Trump’s presidency, to ensure that promises are kept, the innocent are protected, and the corrupt Abortion Cartel is utterly defeated.”

“This election victory means the end of the HHS mandate,” Priests for Life National Director Father Frank Pavone said. “We see a bright light at the end of the tunnel.”

“When the abortion lobby pushed for unregulated abortions through all nine months of pregnancy and forcing taxpayers to pay for them, TOGETHER, WE PUSHED BACK,” Live Action President Lila Rose wrote in an email to supporters. “Because of the pro-life pledges President-elect Donald Trump made during the campaign, we have an opportunity to significantly move the pro-life agenda forward.”

“If you and I only look to the government to end the holocaust of abortion, we’re going to be severely disappointed—forever,” Human Coalition President Brian Fisher said, noting the culture, not just laws, must change.

Read the full statements various pro-life leaders released upon Trump’s win at www.lifesitenews.com/news/keep-his-feet-to-the-fire-pro-life-leaders-vow-to-hold-trump-to-his-promise

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4 comments on “Time to keep his ‘feet to the fire’: pro-life leaders vow to hold Trump to his promises

  1. From: TRUMPED: Donald Trump wins presidency: defeats pro-abort Clinton in massive upset

    Claire Chretien
    November 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)

    URGENT: Call on President-elect Trump to keep his pro-life promises! Sign the petition now at lifepetitions.com/petition/trump

    Concerns about Trump

    Some of social conservatives’ biggest concerns about Trump have related to his past pro-abortion views, the fact that he is currently in his third marriage, and lewd comments he made about groping women. He has also admitted to having multiple affairs.

    In April, Trump called for liberalizing the GOP’s abortion stance. However, the position the party ended up settling on at its convention is its most pro-life one yet.

    In the late 1990s, Trump supported late-term abortion.

    “I’m very pro-choice,” he said. “I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. But you still–I just believe in choice…I am pro-choice in every respect” and would not support banning partial-birth abortion.

    Many social conservatives were also horrified at Trump’s dismissal of crude, explicit comments he made about grabbing women, and his failure to offer a clear apology for them. The comments were “locker room banter,” he said.

    Responding to an accusation of sexual assault during the campaign, Trump insulted the woman’s appearance, saying, “she would not be my first choice.”

    How Trump ‘evolved’ on life and the Supreme Court

    Trump backtracked his original 1999 comments supporting partial-birth abortion in 2000, when he wrote, “When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion if I were president, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no. After the show, I consulted two doctors I respect and, upon learning more about this procedure, I have concluded that I would indeed support a ban.”

    He told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo last month that knowing a couple who wanted to abort their child but ultimately didn’t was one of the factors in his switch from pro-abortion to pro-life.

    “One wanted to abort and the other said we can’t do that, we’re not going to do that,” he said. “Anyway, they had the baby — it was a long time ago — and the baby is such a magnificent person, who I know. A magnificent person.”

    In January, before he secured the GOP nomination, Trump wrote, “Public funding of abortion providers is an insult to people of conscience.”

    As his general election campaign gathered steam, Trump became more vocal about his pro-life views and attacked Clinton for her abortion extremism.

    “Well, I think it’s terrible,” Trump said of Clinton’s late-term abortion support during the final presidential debate. “If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me because based on what she’s saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day, and that’s not acceptable.”

    During the final debate, Trump also weighed in on what his potential Supreme Court justice nominees would do.

    “If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be–that will happen,” Trump said of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. “That’ll happen automatically in my opinion because I’m putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this, it will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination.”

    Trump said early in his campaign that his pro-abortion sister would make a “phenomenal” judge. However, he subsequently released a list of people he would consider nominating to the Supreme Court. Overall, those on the list have strong records on life and family. He also repeatedly promised that they would be the same types of judges as Scalia.

    “I feel that the justices that I am going to appoint — and I’ve named 20 of them — the justices that I’m going to appoint will be pro-life, they will have a conservative bent, they will be protecting the Second Amendment, they are great scholars in all cases and they’re people of tremendous respect,” Trump said during his final debate with Clinton. “They will interpret the Constitution the way the Founders wanted it interpreted.”

    “I will appoint Justices to the Supreme Court who will strictly interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench, like Justice Clarence Thomas and the late and beloved great Catholic thinker and jurist, Justice Antonin Scalia,” Trump wrote in a letter to Catholics.

    Mixed messages on homosexuality, transgenderism

    Trump’s comments on marriage and human sexuality have been less edifying to social conservatives than his comments on abortion.

    “People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,” and the state should have just “left it the way it is,” he said of North Carolina’s bathroom privacy law. The law prevents men from accessing women’s restrooms and vice versa.

    He then walked back those comments, saying the issue should be decided at the state and local level.

    Trump became the first presidential candidate from either party in history to use the words “LGBTQ community” in his nomination acceptance speech.

    His official campaign website sold “LGBTQ for Trump” shirts and he held up an “upside down” gay rights rainbow flag at a campaign rally.

    Trump promised to advance “equality” for homosexuals but also said marriage should ultimately be a states’ rights issue.

    He said it would be his “preference” that the Supreme Court justices he nominates overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, the decision redefining marriage, but would not promise to ensure they would overturn it.

    “They’ve got to be great judges,” he said. “They’ve got to be conservative judges. We’re going to see how they stand depending on what their views are. But that would be my preference. I would prefer that they stand against [Obergefell], but we’ll see what happens. It depends on the judge.”

    However, Trump has never overtly championed same-sex “marriage.”

    In 2000, he told the gay rights publication The Advocate that he believes marriage is “between a man and a woman.” Trump briefly supported civil unions but then opposed them, according to the homosexual lobby group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The HRC called him a “consistent opponent of marriage equality.”

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    The challenge for social conservatives under President Trump

    Although many pro-life and pro-family advocates are breathing sighs of relief at having dodged a Clinton presidency, they now have the task of ensuring Trump keeps his pro-life promises–and appoints Supreme Court justices opposed not only to Roe v. Wade but also to same-sex “marriage” and Obergefell v. Hodges.

    Who Trump appoints as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Attorney General, and Surgeon General will seriously affect religious freedom, the health services tax dollars fund or don’t fund, and American social policy.

    Additionally, Trump will have the opportunity to reverse some of President Obama’s executive orders and regulations pushing gender ideology on the country. For example, a new federal regulation forces doctors to ignore science and their medical judgment and perform sex change procedures on children, even if the doctor believes the treatment could harm the child. The state of North Dakota and several hospitals and health clinics are challenging the law in federal court.

    Soon, it will become apparent if Trump will fulfill his promises to the social conservatives who helped elect him or if he will simply pay life and family issues lip service–at best.

  2. Now that the baby-killer hag and her Luciferian cultist staff have been kept out of the White House it is acceptable to have a discussion about crude, obscene language, adultery, divorce, groping, fornication, Access Hollywood, and vulgar casino culture. Perhaps the Bush clan would like to explain how voting for a pro-abortion Illuminati socialist who supports late-term partial-birth abortion fits in with Christian Ethics. Along with how vulgar bullying language is worse than killing an unborn human baby, if that’s the Never Trump argument.

  3. I’ve been a Trump supporter since he announced his candidacy in June 2015, so I’m very happy that he won.
    One of the many highlights that increased the joy of Trump winning was watching the reaction of the corrupt, establishment, leftist and globalist national and local media hacks that night and the day after. Along with the Democrat and Republican establishment hacks too.
    Seeing their Shock, horror, sadness, anger that a Trump victory screwed up their globalist and leftist plans (at least temporarily) put a big smile on my face.
    Pray for President elect Trump, he gonna need our prayers

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