President Donald Trump made pro life history this week. He gave a speech addressing the annual March for Life from the Rose Garden, which was televised to the speech goers.
This is the first time a President of the United States has addressed the March for Life.
He also created a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the federal Health and Human Services Department. This division is tasked with dealing with complaints from health care workers who do not want to participate in death-dealing medical procedures such as elective abortion and euthanasia and are being coerced to do so.
While I applaud his action in creating this division, what we need is a law, passed by Congress, that confirms the rights of individuals not to be forced, on penalty of losing their jobs or careers, into killing other people via elective abortion and euthanasia. It says a lot that (1) such a law is needed and (2) Congress can’t get it together long enough to pass it.
As it is, the division will focus on operating under existing laws. Sadly, if existing law was explicit enough in this matter, there would be no need for the division.
The president not only trashed Congressman Stupak’s excellent record as a pro-life elected official, he destroyed the nascent pro life movement within the Democratic Party. By doing this, he damaged the body politic severely. This action has had and will continue to have severe repercussions, not only for the pro life movement, but for the future of America.
Of course President Obama also signed the infamous HHS Mandate, which was a direct attack on our religious liberties. He supported the Mandate through years of court battles with the full weight of his administration.
President Trump has moved to reverse these attacks on religious liberty, and he has supported efforts to limit legal abortion. For that, I am grateful indeed.
Here is President Trump’s speech to the March for Life.