After eight years of an administration that was friendly to abortion in any and every instance, Congress and the Trump Administration have taken steps to pull back pro-abortion policies on a couple of fronts – and that’s good news.
Here are the details.
Last week, the U.S. Senate followed the House of Representatives in repealing an Obama-era rule that banned states from denying federal funds to groups that commit abortions, including Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
The Obama Administration had instituted what was referred to as a “parting gift” to the abortion giant in its final days. The rule prevented states from denying federal family planning funds through a family planning federal program called Title X, and also prevented states from showing preference to groups that do not sell abortions.
The repeal of this law was possible because pro-lifers rallied together. For example, one senator who was recovering from surgery, Republican Johnny Isakson from Georgia, used a walker to enter the Senate chambers and ensure his vote was counted. Also, Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote.
The second pro-abortion policy involves international abortions.
Earlier this week, the State Department announced the Trump Administration would stop funding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) next year due to its support of abortion and forced sterilization in China.
This, of course, followed a January announcement that the U.S. would reinstate the Mexico City policy that blocks federal funds for non-governmental international groups that promote or provide abortions. (The Mexico City policy didn’t directly apply to UNFPA funding because the agency is public.)
Both the Mexico City policy and UNFPA funding have bounced back and forth based on presidential views of abortion: Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush cut off funding; Clinton resumed funding; George W. Bush cut off funding; and Barack Obama restored it.
That goes to show you that having a pro-life president, vice president and majorities in Congress makes a difference when it comes to protecting preborn life.
I applaud pro-life members of Congress and the Trump Administration for moving the country back to a more pro-life position through these two policy changes. The bottom line is our tax dollars should not be given to any organization – either foreign or domestic – that promotes, refers, or provides abortions, period.
We know political parties, like we human beings, are not perfect but when it comes to the issue of life, this administration appears fearless. On behalf of those children and their moms, and in some cases their dads, we want to say choosing life is always a good decision.