Today, pro-life men and women will join together in solidarity to advocate on behalf of the unborn. The mainstream media won't fawn over the March for Life the way they did with the "Women's March" because it doesn't fit their narrative. However, the recent election of President Trump represents an opportunity to disrupt that narrative and enact policy changes.
There is no bigger disrupter of the traditional norms in Washington, D.C., than President Trump. He has declared war on the media and broken with traditional political decorum. But with chaos comes opportunity and pro-lifers should feel emboldened to take action under a president who has committed to changing our nation's abortion laws and who is unafraid to expose the media's disingenuous narratives.
One narrative that should be challenged is that being pro-life is out of the mainstream.
Despite that the country is almost evenly divided on abortion, the majority of Americans agree with pro-lifers on a variety of policy changes that could come under President Trump.
According to a recent Marist poll, 61 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion and 59 percent support a ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks. The poll also found that 74 percent of Americans support significant restrictions on abortion. Yet, despite these and other statistics, the Left's position is always presented as the norm.
During the presidential election, Hillary Clinton broke with mainstream America by supporting taxpayer-funded abortions, on demand, up until the moment of birth. During the Democratic National Convention, the party took the radical step of calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding bipartisan policy stopping taxpayer dollars from being used for abortions, from their platform. The media barely blinked an eye.
The recent fight over Ohio's "heartbeat bill" also exposed the disingenuous narrative on life. It was deemed highly controversial by the mainstream media, but it wasn't that controversial at all. In 2012, nearly half of all Ohioans said they supported similar legislation, according to a poll conducted by Columbus Dispatch.
Fortunately for those who value the sanctity of life, President Trump made strong commitments to change our nation's laws, and his recent executive order on the Mexico City Policy indicates he intends to keep those promises. Congress has also recently passed legislation that would make the Hyde Amendment permanent law, ensuring that taxpayers would never fund abortions. President Trump has promised to sign that legislation if it reaches his desk, and has said the same about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks.
Most immediately on the horizon for Trump and the Republican Congress is redirecting taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion business, to community health centers and nominating a pro-life Supreme Court justice.
The election of President Trump and his refusal to back down from the Left and the media should embolden conservatives everywhere to disrupt the narrative on abortion. The Left won't like it and the media will lose their minds, but the March for Life will continue after this Friday because changes are coming.
Lisa Boothe is a contributing columnist for The Washington Examiner and president of High Noon Strategies.