For babies in the womb and their mothers, President Trump's first 100 days in office have been the best 100 days of any administration.
It's hard to recall a three-month period where so many pro-life advancements have occurred. Certainly, no president has accomplished more for the Culture of Life at the beginning of his term than has Trump. What's more, having endured eight years of the most pro-abortion president in history, these last 100 days couldn't have come at a more important time or be more welcome.
Simply stated, Trump has done what he said he would do to advance the cause of the unborn, starting with the Supreme Court. And we're confident this is just the beginning.
His greatest service to the pro-life movement, of course, happened before he was inaugurated: He kept Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
And during the campaign, Trump was forthright in stating that he would nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. He even released a list of potential nominees from which he would make his selection. Some people scoffed that if elected, Trump wouldn't keep his word.
Trump's Supreme Court choice, newly-confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch, ruled against the Obama administration's Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate as an appeals court judge. While the HHS mandate is a direct assault on religious liberty, it also attacks human life by requiring religious non-profit organizations (such as the one for which we work, Priests for Life) to be complicit in the provision of abortion-causing drugs and devices. The Gorsuch position on the HHS mandate is one that pro-lifers cheer.
Further, Gorsuch has written a book arguing against the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. In it, he declares that "all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong." That statement summarizes the pro-life position perfectly.
What's more, the confirmation of Gorsuch has paved the way for possibly more Supreme Court appointees who believe that humans should be treated as humans. Thanks to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., any future Trump nominees to the highest court can be confirmed by a majority vote, ending the filibuster threats of senators who side with the abortion lobby.
Speaking of the pro-abortion movement, Trump has kept another campaign pledge by protecting taxpayers who don't want to be coerced into financially supporting it. Two days after taking office — on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision — he not only reinstated the Mexico City Policy initiated by President Ronald Reagan, he enhanced it as no president has done before.
The Mexico City Policy states that money dispensed by the federal Agency for International Development will not be given to groups that perform or promote abortions in foreign countries. Under Trump's new executive order, that spending restriction against international abortion organizations will cover money from all federal departments and agencies. And as we've recently seen, it will target programs of forced abortion as well.
Thanks to Trump's leadership, the State Department will no longer follow the Obama administration's policy of funding organizations that participate in programs of forced abortion or involuntary sterilization. That means that Americans will no longer be paying to help China violently kidnap women who want more than one or two children, then forcibly abort their babies.
Domestically, a good start has been made on defunding the nation's abortion monster, Planned Parenthood. Congress passed and Trump signed a resolution that rescinds a last-minute Obama rule that forced states to send Title X family planning money to groups that perform abortions. Thanks to this action, states that want to redirect family planning funds to clinics and providers that don't terminate the preborn are once again free to do so.
Most of Planned Parenthood's more than $500 million in government funding, though, comes through the Medicaid program. Trump has worked to pass legislation that would send this money to community health centers that actually provide real healthcare – that is, to clinics that offer far more services than Planned Parenthood, but that don't perform abortions. He explained to Planned Parenthood officials that they could continue receiving federal funds if they'd stop killing babies. Proving once again that abortion is central to their existence, the officials declined the president's offer.
Trump and his administration, through deeds and words, have demonstrated great leadership on behalf of the unborn. Not only did Trump voice his support for this year's March for Life in Washington, D.C., but longtime pro-life stalwart Vice President Mike Pence became the highest-ranking federal official ever to address the hundreds of thousands who gathered on the National Mall.
Trump has already signed laws that will help women enter the "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He will further advance the futures of females waiting to be born when he eventually signs legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare with true healthcare that doesn't subsidize abortion. Even better, perhaps he will name a woman to the Supreme Court who will re-establish the civil rights of the unborn.
It's been a great first 100 days of the Trump administration for pro-lifers. We can't wait to see what the next 1,361 will bring.
Alveda King (@AlvedaCKing) is the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn at Priests for Life and the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. Father Frank Pavone (@frfrankpavone) is the national director of Priests for Life.
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