The MCFL Federal Political Action Committee hails the 2016 Republican platform as, “the most pro-life platform in history,” says Federal PAC Chairman Jack Rowe.
The Republican platform calls for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the repeal of Obamacare. It calls for the repeal of the 1954 Johnson Amendment that has prevented churches and pastors from endorsing candidates. In a remarkable but little reported line in Donald Trump's speech announcing pro-life governor Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate, Trump made a statement to the effect that we must allow religious leaders to speak freely in our society and in their churches – and he promised the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.
Back in 1954, when future president Lyndon Johnson was still a senator, he helped pass a change in the US Tax Code called the Johnson Amendment. The amendment among other things, prevents tax-exempt institutions and churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates. In a recent speech, Trump stated, “We're going to get rid of that horrible Johnson Amendment and we're going to let Evangelicals, Christians, Jews, and people of religion talk without being afraid to talk.”
Further, the Republican platform asserts the sanctity of human life and affirms that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life that cannot be infringed. It declares, “We support a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth. We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood.”
The Indy Star newspaper in Indianapolis observed that pro-lifers can be assured that Governor Mike Pence brings many talents to the VP job and will provide a disciplined counter to Donald Trump’s improvisational campaign style. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony Life List said, “Mr. Trump’s selection of Gov. Mike Pence is an affirmation of the pro-life commitment he’s made and will rally the pro-life grass roots. Gov. Pence has proven to be a pro-life champion both during his time in Congress and as governor of Indiana. It was Mike Pence who led the effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress, and it was Gov. Pence who signed into law a historic bill protecting unborn children from lethal discrimination in the womb. Mike Pence is a pro-life trailblazer and Mr. Trump could not have made a better choice.”
On Nov. 8, the fate of unborn babies, the nation, and the world, will be determined by the American voters. Pray that God will give them the grace to vote pro-life!
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) compared the views of the candidates for the presidency, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton asking, “Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion?”
Abortion on Demand
Trump: “Let me be clear — I am pro-life. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”
Clinton: In 2003, Hillary Clinton voted to endorse Roe v. Wade, which allows abortion for any reason. In 2016, Clinton said, “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” later adding she believed this to be true even on the unborn child’s due date.
Trump: In 2000, in his book The America We Deserve, Donald Trump wrote that after consulting with doctors about the partial-birth abortion procedure, he concluded that he would support a ban on that method.
Clinton: In 2003, Hillary Clinton voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (voted to allow partial-birth abortions to continue) every chance she got.
Nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court
Trump: In May 2016, Donald Trump released a list of eleven conservative judges whom he would consider for a Supreme Court vacancy, saying, “By the way, these judges are all pro-life.”
Clinton: Hillary Clinton has said that she would only nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold the decision that legalized abortion on demand. “I would not appoint someone who didn’t think Roe v. Wade is settled law.”
Vice Presidential Candidates
Trump: Mike Pence had a solid pro-life voting record on abortion during 12 years in the U.S. House, including votes for passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence championed many pro-life measures.
Clinton: Tim Kaine voted against the pro-life position in the U.S. Senate every chance he got. He voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Tim Kaine co-sponsored a bill (S. 217) that would nullify virtually all state limits on abortion, including late abortions.
Trump: The Republican Party Platform affirms “that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life,” opposes using government funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund abortion providers, and supports laws that assist babies who survive abortion.
Clinton: The Democratic Party Platform supports abortion on demand, and calls for repeal of the Hyde Amendment (which restricts the use of federal funds for abortion). The platform also supports government funding of abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Check the positions of the candidates in your area in our voter guide.