After the third and final debate last night, it should be abundantly clear for anyone who considers themselves pro-life and is a #nevertrump person that it is time to drop that position. Hillary Clinton’s radical stance on abortion took center stage in the first moments of the debate when she avoided and deflected on the issue and her vote when she was the Junior Senator from New York against banning the cruel practice of partial birth abortion.
Mrs. Clinton’s position on abortion has been clear throughout her public life but last night pro-life voters heard clearly from Mr. Trump that he would defend the sanctity of human life and be a friend and ally to those who share that position.
The Democratic nominee said that her vote against the ban was because of her concerns for the life of the mother. This tired and old argument has been debunked time and time again by medical professionals. In a letter to former United States Senator Rick Santorum and GOP Republican Presidential candidate, P. John Seward, Executive Vice President of the American Medical Association stated for the record, “Thank you for the opportunity to work with you towards restricting a procedure [partial-birth abortion] we all agree is not good medicine.” Another group called the Physicians’ Ad-hoc Coalition for Truth (PHACT) a group composed of medical experts in maternity care stated for the record that “there is no medical basis” for this abhorrent procedure.
In a sign that Mrs. Clinton’s position and platform are so radically diametric to most Americans on this issue it is important to contrast her answer last night with that of the late Senator from New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan and his thoughts regarding partial birth abortion. Even “pro-choice” Moynihan called it “close to infanticide”.
My plea to other pro-lifers is that we have worked so hard for years to reduce the number of abortions in this country, let us stand together again, united as we have in the past to stop this great danger to our movement. A Clinton presidency would see the appointment of multiple Supreme Court Justices and an erosion of the gains we have made. Mrs. Clinton railed last night against the state level movement that has passed and put in place common sense restrictions like 24 hour waiting periods, parental consent, fetal pain legislation.
One of the first initiatives the abortion lobby would undertake is to pack the court with Justices that would nullify the part of Casey vs. Pennslyvania that allowed states to pass these types of modest measures.
It is beyond belief that any pro-lifer who saw Mrs. Clinton’s debate performance and answer to the abortion question that Chris Wallace put forth would still persist in not jumping into the fray and support the only viable pro-life person running in this election.
I would remind those who populate Catholic radio and Catholic magazines that have wavered on Mr. Trump of a quote by Dr. Mildred Jefferson, an African-American physician who helped establish National Right to Life: “The fight for the right to life is not the cause of a special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man.”